Discovering St Helens’ curious creatures

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St Helens Council’s Ranger Service is inviting residents to a series of peculiar events this month, on the hunt for a variety of curious creatures.

Kicking off the fun, free and family-friendly activities is the Rangers’ popular ‘moth morning’ event, taking place on Saturday 22 July, 10.30am at the Heritage Visitor Centre, Sankey Valley Country Park, Blackbrook Road.

With an illustrated talk, it’s a great opportunity see and photograph a selection of live moths, and learn how to attract an eclipse (or a group) of moths to your garden and identify them.

The Heritage Visitor Centre will also be the base from which a ‘bug hunt’ will take place on Wednesday 26 July, 11am-1pm. Event-goers will be guided on a short walk through Stanley Bank Meadow – a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and lauded as one of HRH Prince Charles’ Coronation Meadows – on the lookout for the wonderful variety of insects, from butterflies to beetles, present in the wildflower ecosystem.

Then, on the evening of Friday 28 July, residents can join Rangers and Friends of St Helens Cemetery on a twilight walk searching for and identifying the cemetery’s range of resident bats and other nocturnal and crepuscular creatures. Meet on the main car park, off Rainford Road, starting at 9.30pm.

Residents are advised to bring a torch if possible, wear suitable clothing for night time walking.

Please leave dogs at home for these events, and call the Ranger Service on 01744 677 772 for further information.