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Science in the Park reveals ants build solar-powered homes

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Thursday 26 September 2013

Hairy wood ants build mounds that stay warmer than the surrounding soil by thatching the nest-tops and moving the thatch as it heats or cools, creating a solar-powered roof… say scientists in the Peak District National Park.

People can discover more fascinating facts about life in the national park at two 'Science in the Park' events this autumn:

*    Saturday November 2, at the Peveril Centre, Castleton, S33 8WP (next to Castleton visitor centre), 10.30am to 4pm.
*    Saturday November 9, at the Town Hall, Bakewell, DE45 1BT (close to Bakewell visitor centre), 10.30am to 4pm.

Both are free of charge with plenty of fun science activities for families with children.

The events are being organised by the Peak District National Park Authority as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science.

Chris Robinson, the Authority's learning and discovery officer, said: "Science in the Park days offer fantastic opportunities for children and young people to meet real scientists and have a go with scientific equipment. They could make some discoveries for themselves."

Digital microscopes and other scientific equipment will be available for people to observe the natural world in close up.

Chris added: "Science is about looking for clues, solving mysteries and searching for answers. Combine this with inspirational landscapes, special habitats and fascinating species in the Peak District National Park and you've got a recipe for a lifetime's enjoyment.

"Science is a brilliant subject and provides a great way to study the National Park in more detail."

People visiting 'Science in the Park' will be able to take part in some real experiments and research projects at each event.

Local scientists and university researchers will be on hand to talk about their Peak District studies and explain how their findings are important for the national park and the people that live there and visit.

More information at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/learning-about

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