At Living Coasts this Easter the Web of Life will bring together eggs, animals and art.
From Good Friday, April 2 to Monday, April 5 Living Coasts is holding its Golden Egg Hunt – children track down an elusive golden egg to be in with a chance of helping the keepers feed the animals.
Also over the Easter weekend, Down on the Coastal Farm will focus on biodiversity and domestication, with animals such as rabbits and chicks on hand.
From Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16 it’s Local Wildlife Week, when Living Coasts staff and volunteers and a range of local conservation organisations will be celebrating the wildlife of Devon. The aim is to promote the conservation of local species and their habitats and tell people how to get involved through volunteering.
In addition, visitors will be able to pick up a Web of Life trail sheet and follow a strand of the web around the site. The aim is to collect letters to spell out the name of a species which has a massive impact on global biodiversity, as well as learning more about the topic. Completed trails can be swapped for a tasty prize in the cafe.
Kate Hall, Living Coasts events coordinator, said: “Throughout the holidays we will be putting special biodiversity tags on things that are part of our planet’s biodiversity – we want to show just how much of what is around us is important to our wellbeing and survival. The tags are unbleached cotton, so they are biodiversity, too!”
The most ambitious Living Coasts activity over the Easter holidays is the Web Of Life marine art project. Visitors will be able to explore marine biodiversity by helping to make different marine species for the Web of Life.
Kate said: “There are estimated to be around 230,000 marine species, so no two visitors should need to make the same thing! We want to show the diversity of marine life and the importance of these species.
“Visitors will be encouraged to pick a marine species and create it out of reusable and recyclable materials and then see it added to the Web of Life. We’ve put plankton in the centre – we will build out from there with invertebrates, fish, marine mammals and seaweeds.”
Living Coasts is a registered charity. For more information go to www.livingcoasts.org.uk or ring (01803) 202470.