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Bogtastic Family Fun Day at Longshaw and the Eastern Moors!

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Friday 5 August 2016

Getting boggy at BogtasticWe think Bogs are fantastic! Delve into the amazing bogs and moorlands of the Peak District National Park. Join us at our Bogtastic Family Fun Day on Wednesday August 17, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Get under the surface of these amazing places with a host of fun things to do and discover for all ages. Come face to face with native birds of prey, take part in a mini-beast safari and go bog-bouncing on the Eastern Moors. You can create amazing crafts, get messy in the mud kitchen, have your face painted, and try to win the welly wanging competition.

The event, which will take place in the grounds of the Moorland Discovery Centre on the Longshaw Estate, hopes to show people in a hands on and fun way how precious our moorland and bog habitats are for some of Britain’s rarest wildlife such as curlew, adders and sundews, as well as playing an essential role in helping to combat climate change.

Raptor Rescue will bring their native birds of prey for people to get close up to, moorland creature face painting, wildlife investigations and bumble bee art. A free Bogtastic safari shuttle bus will take people off into the heart of the Eastern Moors, where there will be opportunities to try bog bouncing, stream dipping for freshwater minibeasts, how deep is your peat tests and moorland wildlife spotting.

There will be a BBQ and refreshments for sale.

The event is being led by a partnership of organisations comprising The Eastern Moors Partnership, the National Trust,  the Peak District National Park and Moors for the Future Partnership, who come together to share their passion for nature and the Peak District Moors.

Rachael Lyon, Peak District National Park moorland discovery learning officer, said: “Moorlands are amazing and exciting places  to explore. They are home to some strange and unusual plants and animals. Many people might be unaware of the wealth of life our bogs and moorland support. Bogtastic is a great event to get to know some of Great Britain’s least known wildlife and explore an iconic part of the British landscape.”

Focusing on moorland biodiversity, the event will introduce these remarkable uplands to people who may, up until now, have driven past without a second glance. The Longshaw Estate, Eastern Moors and nearby Burbage moors are some of the Peak District’s most accessible uplands, providing for cycling, horse riding, walking, fell running and on the edges, climbing and bouldering.

Chris Robinson, Peak District National Park learning and discovery officer, said: “Moorlands have never been more important, not just for wildlife and biodiversity but for people too; they provide space to relax and explore in an ever hectic urban world. They act as huge carbon stores and their well-being is paramount in storing water and carbon to mitigate the effects of climate change. They truly are Bogtastic!”

Bogtastic on Wednesday August 17 will run from 10.30am until 3.30pm, based at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw Estate (opposite Fox House Inn). For more information www.nationaltrust.org.uk/longshaw-burbage-and-the-eastern-moors/whats-on

The cost will be £4 per person. No need to book, just turn up on the day. To find out more call 01433 637907 or email mdc@peakdistrict.gov.uk.

Visitors should wear appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather, and if joining the Bogtastic Safari, long trousers, closed-toe sturdy boots/shoes are recommended. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Photo credit: NT/Tim Riley - boggy fun at Bogtastic

This is an archived press release

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