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Wildlife event offers creature comforts

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Paddy Harrop, Forestry Commission Recreation Chief for England, den building in Dalby with youngsters from the 1st Thornton Dale Beaver Cubs

If creepy crawlies leave you cold then Dalby Forest could be the place to chill out and learn to love ‘fiercesome’ beasts.

The Forestry Commission is staging a wildlife event with a difference on 16 February in the 3,440 hectare (8,600 acre) wood, near Pickering, allowing youngsters to come face-to-face with spiders, snakes and other little critters that often raise the pulse.

They belong to 25 year-old Marie Conway, from Scarborough, who runs her own business called Animals Intuition to educate youngsters about wildlife. Ranger Mark Barker explained:

“Marie came along to our Halloween event and was very popular bringing all kinds of creatures. She’ll be helping youngsters break the ice offering with reptiles and six legged beasts, which are real charmers when you get to know them.”

The event is based at Dalby Forest Visitor Centre and runs from 10.30am to 12 noon and is repeated 1pm to 2.30pm. Booking is required on 01751 460295 and the cost is 6. It is suitable for youngsters over 5 years old.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more information go to

Issued on behalf of the Forestry Commission by Richard Darn, COI, Leeds. Tel: 0113 346 6085. Mobile 0775 367 0038.