The Manchester Museum is extremely busy at the moment, full of families with little ones enjoying themselves. The activities we are putting on (http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/august/) seem to be going down extremely well, and today we have the frog session for the kids who are coming to the fully-booked screening of the film mentioned in the post below. It should be great fun.
Although I am not working this particular weekend, I just wanted to highlight a couple of things being offered by ourselves and other local Museum’s that should be well worth a visit, particularly for families with children that are interested in nature and conservation.
The first is a special amphibian-related afternoon on Saturday (14th) at Liverpool Museum, where there will be a number of fun frog activities in their natural history centre from 1pm – 4pm, including badge making, mask making, drawing and colouring, frog puppets, and face painting for the kids. There will also be 3 live frog displays on show and during the day Phil Lewis will be sharing his experience with frogs in a talk to highlight the plight of amphibians and the need to support the Amphibian Ark.
For further details please contact World Museum Liverpool directly and see: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/events/wildwildworld_events.aspx#eventID385
Also on Saturday, a colleague here at Manchester Museum who is a professional entomologist (and who’s another Phil, Phil Rispin), will be running a butterfly-related afternoon in Victoria Park, Stretford, Manchester, between 1-3pm. This free event is suitable for all ages and all equipment is being provided. All you need to do is go spot and identify butterflies in the park. Phil will be taking along museum specimens of all the species you could potentially come across for reference and will also be joined by Don Stenhouse, the Keeper of Entomology from Bolton Museum, who is top beetle expert. Don will be running a minibeast session, so even if the weather is not quite so good for butterflies there will still be plenty of insects to look for and discover. Meeting at the community building, there will also be free refreshments kindly provided by the Friends of Victoria Park, Stretford (http://fovps.org.uk/)
Most people don’t realise that most British butterfly species are in decline, but I guess, like amphibians, their sensitivity to environmental change makes them very susceptible. To find out more about butterfly and moth conservation why not check out: http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/