Children to enjoy day in the mud on the Peak District moors

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Children will be given permission by their parents to play in the mud and get dirty as part of a ‘Bogtastic Family Day’ this weekend.

Adults and children will be able to come face to face with native birds of prey, take part in a mini-beast safari and go bog-bouncing on the Eastern Moors on Sunday, September 13.

The event, taking place in the grounds of the Moorland Discovery Centre on the Longshaw Estate, is aimed at showing people how precious the moorlands are for some of Britain’s rarest wildlife, including curlew, adders and sundews.

A barefoot trail, dry stone walling and mud painting activities will be available as well as information sessions looking at the science behind protecting moorlands.

A shuttle bus will take people into the heart of the Eastern Moors, where there will be opportunities to try bog bouncing, stream dipping for freshwater mini beasts, moorland wildlife spotting and peat measuring tests.

The event, which starts at 10.30am and costs £3, has been organised by The Eastern Moors Partnership, the National Trust and the Peak District National Park.