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03/02/2015

News Release - Issued by The North York Moors National Park

A Wild Time on Offer this Half Term

Wildlife is the theme of February’s half term events at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Children can give birds and bees a helping hand with a range of activities from making feeders and nest boxes to building a bee hotel. Throughout the week there will also be a Bird Nesters Trail around the centre’s grounds with a prize for those who can match the nest with the right bird.

On Tuesday 17 February, children can find out the difference between rabbits and hares on one of our arts and crafts sessions. There are four sessions starting at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

The North York Moors’ birds are the focus for Wednesday 18 February from garden birds to those who nest on the moorland. Make a bird feeder and nest box at 10.30am or create a nest and eggs from a variety of materials at 1.30pm.

At the Splendid Sunflowers event at 10.30am on Thursday 19 February children can plant sunflower seeds in decorated pots and also make paper flowers to brighten their home until the sunflowers bloom. In the afternoon at 1.30pm, there’s plenty of fascinating bee facts to be learnt and the chance to make a bee hotel and craft something out of beeswax.

Sally Ann Smith, Events and Exhibitions Coordinator at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said:

“Our half term events are primarily about having fun, getting stuck in with a range of different craft materials, but we do also weave in information about local wildlife to encourage children to get active and involved in the nature on their doorsteps. We also have beautiful exhibitions opening that week in our Inspired by… gallery featuring paintings, ceramics, jewellery and poetry, so there’s something for the grown-ups too!”

Booking is required for all half term events apart from the Bird Nesters Trail. Call 01439 772738 for more information on event prices, age restrictions and to book a place. Further information on these and other forthcoming events can also be found at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events.

The National Park’s Out and About Guide with information on all events taking place in the North York Moors this year will be available online and at National Park and Tourist Information Centres by the beginning of March. Activities include guided walks, children’s events, festivals, art exhibitions and adventure days.

ENDS


Media contact

Tel: 01439 772700

Rachel McIntosh, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority r.mcintosh@northyorkmoors.org.uk

Bird Nesters Trail
14 – 22 February The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Spring is on its way and the birds will soon start to make their nests for their new families. Look for the signs in the grounds to discover which nest belongs to whom. Use the secret letters to reveal the name of the famous bird and claim your prize!
Drop in between 11:00 – 3:00pm £4.00 All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Happy Hare Day
Tuesday 17 February The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
What’s the difference between a hare and a rabbit? Take a closer look and discover some secrets of hare behaviour. Then have a go at some of our fabulous hare-y crafts! There are four separate sessions, starting at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 Minimum age: 4
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Sorry, no dogs. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Please call 01439 772738 for more information and to book a place.

Bird Box Building
Wednesday 18 February The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
It’s National Nest Box Week! Help out our feathered friends by building cosy homes for them, then have a go at making simple bird feeders.
Time: 10:30am – 12 noon Cost: Adult: Free Child: £10 Minimum age: 7
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Sorry, no dogs. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Please call 01439 772738 for more information and to book a place.

Build a Bird’s Nest
Wednesday 18 February The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Birds make all sorts of different nests in which to lay their eggs. Discover how to make your own nests and eggs from a variety of art materials
Time: 1:30pm – 3pm Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 Minimum age: 4
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Sorry, no dogs. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Please call 01439 772738 for more information and to book a place.

Splendid Sunflowers
Thursday 19 February The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Sunflowers are easy to grow and provide a food supply for birds and insects. Get started early and plant sunflower seeds in decorated pots. Make paper flowers to brighten up your home to tide you over until your sunflowers bloom.
Time: 10:30am – 12 noon Cost: Adult: Free Child: £6 Minimum age: 4
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Sorry, no dogs. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Please call 01439 772738 for more information and to book a place.

Bee-friend a Bee
Thursday 19 February The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Did you ever want to know which bees sting or how many different types there are? If so, come along to our Bee-friend a bee session. Find out some fascinating bee facts, make a bee hotel and find out what you can do with beeswax!
Time: 1:30pm – 3pm Cost: Adult: Free Child: £10 Minimum age: 7
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Sorry, no dogs. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Please call 01439 772738 for more information and to book a place.

The North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. It was created on 28 November 1952 and became Britain’s sixth national park.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire. Nearly 14% of its staff are apprentices from local families.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

The UK’s 15 national parks are hugely popular with the public - in a poll undertaken by the UK Association of National Park Authorities in February 2013, 93 per cent of people felt national parks were areas of national importance. Public spending on national parks in England is less than £1 per person per year. More information on the UK’s national parks can be found at www.nationalparks.gov.uk