‘Artful Insects’ at Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart will hold a day of fun-filled activities on Saturday, June 25, as part of National Insect Week.
Mount Stuart will hold a day of fun-filled activities on Saturday, June 25, as part of National Insect Week.

A day of learning, making and fun will take place on Saturday, June 25, at Mount Stuart Trust’s Learning Studio as part of celebrations taking place nationwide for National Insect Week which runs from June 20-26, 2016.

The Artful Insects day of insect inspired creativity is free and for all the family. Activities will include making gothic-style bug hotels, easy bees, spiders for the bathroom, seeing through fly-eyes and much more. This drop-in event will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The new insect trail inside the house will also be available from June 25.

Leading up to the family day, Mount Stuart Trust will be hosting the Phoenix Centre on June 22 and Tighnabruaich Primary School on June 23 for other incredible insect activities.

Now in its seventh year and co-ordinated by the Royal Entomological Society, the week will see scores of events across the UK, from bug hunts and bumblebee safaris to insect photography courses and identification workshops.

National Insect Week is a biennial initiative to promote awareness of the importance of insects in the UK and around the world. It is supported by more than 60 national partner organisations concerned about natural history, biodiversity and entomology, the study of insects.

An interactive website www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk gives visitors all the information they need to get involved and a place to learn more about the little things that run the world.

Royal Entomological Society Director of Outreach and Development, Luke Tilley said: “Insects may be small, but they have a huge impact on the natural world. There are a wide range of activities offered during National Insect Week by local and national organisations which will enable children and adults alike to explore the wonderful world of insects for themselves.”

For more information about the Insect Week at Mount Stuart contact Morven Gregor, Education Officer, on (01700) 503 877 or email morven@mountstuart.com.