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The Great Laxey Bug Hunt 9 June 2010

Green Tiger BeetleThere are lots of creepy crawlies to be found in and around the glen at the Great Laxey Wheel. On the 31st May Manx National Heritage ran two workshops to teach young bug hunters all about how to identify what they find and where to find them.

The sessions were run by Kate Hawkins, Curator for Natural History and Anthea Young, Education Officer at Manx National Heritage. The event was planned as a contribution towards the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. Wildlife organisations throughout the Isle of Man are collaborating to mark this year with a series of guided walks, wildlife festivals, conservation action groups and other activities to raise awareness of the species and habitats we can all enjoy and the biological systems upon which we depend.

Kate Hawkins, commented “The children found some fantastic creatures under rocks, in the vegetation, and amongst stones in the river. We found spiders, mayflies, stoneflies, slugs, moths, butterflies and beetles, including a magnificent Green Tiger Beetle. Highlights also included seeing the cave spiders in the adit, accessible to the public, and visiting the wild honeybee nest at the engine house. The children were encouraged to look at different habitats and to let the animals go where they found them afterwards."

International Year of Biodiversity 2010Other events are being run by Manx National Heritage to contribute to the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. A Rock Pooling session for children at Niarbyl occurs later on in the year on 6th August and gives participants a chance to delve into the secret world of the seashore. Book now as there are limited spaces available, tickets £5 available at the Manx Museum.

For more information about Biodiversity please see: www.cbd.int/2010/ or www.unep.org/iyb/.

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