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Science in the Peak District

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Wednesday 15 October 2014

Discovering the secrets of the Peak DistrictDiscover what makes the Peak District National Park such a special place at two fun science events this autumn.

Science in the Park will give young people the chance to find the answers to many questions by following clues and talking to scientists who have studied the area in great detail.

The Moors for the Future Partnership is dedicated to preserving 8,000 years of our moorland heritage and experts will be on hand to explain the crucial role they have to play in the future.

Visitors can learn about the Eastern Moors Partnership's curlew nesting surveys and how Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is safeguarding the future of veteran trees, while researchers from the University of Sheffield will reveal the educational and wellbeing benefits of the national park landscape.

There will also be an update on the fascinating life of the hairy wood ants, who build mounds that stay warmer than the surrounding soil by thatching the nest tops and moving the thatch as it heats or cools to create a solar-powered roof.

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:

* Saturday November 1, at the Peveril Centre, Castleton, S33 8WP (next to Castleton visitor centre), 10.30am to 4pm.

* Saturday November 8, 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.

Chris Robinson, the Authority's learning and discovery officer, said: "The Science in the Park days offer fantastic opportunities for children and young people to meet real scientists. 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.

"Come and talk to people who have studied the national park in a lot of detail and find out what they have discovered. You may even make new discoveries yourself."

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