Deadly detectives to tackle woodland crime scene

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Children will become nature detectives to solve a dastardly crime committed in the woods surrounding Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian/Coed-y-Brenin/Garwnant visitor centre later this month.

The young sleuths will be given a Deadly Detective’s booklet before exploring the woods to look for clues as they play the lead role in DSI: Deadly Scene Investigation.

The crime-busting activity is part of a link-up between Forestry Commission Wales, which manages the Welsh Government woodlands, and the BBC’s popular Live ‘n’ Deadly wildlife and adventure show on CBBC.

The wildlife crime scene will be preserved for the young detectives during the half-term school break from Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30.

A bilingual DSI: Deadly Scene Investigation pack, which includes a Deadly Detective’s toolkit and badges, will be available from the visitor centres to help the sleuths bring the culprit to justice.

The toolkit includes a range of activities to encourage families to enjoy the nature and wildlife in the woods, along with a series of puzzles which help children to solve the Deadly Scene.

Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian Recreation Manager Gareth Owen/Coed-y-Brenin Recreation Manager John Taylor/Garwnant visitor centre manager Sam Detheridge said, “Both FC Wales and Live ‘n’ Deadly share a common aim to get children to explore the wonders of nature, and this link-up is a great way achieve this.

“The DSI: Deadly Scene Investigation is a great way to unlock children’s imaginations and to learn about the wildlife which lives in our woodlands, while having fun.”

The crime hunt is self-facilitated by families and takes up to one-and-a-half hours to complete.

The reward for completing the activity is a special code which unlocks exclusive content on Live ‘n’ Deadly’s online game, which is part of the show’s aim to get children outside and closer to wildlife.

The interactive website offers games, clips and a message board, and BBC Learning runs a series of UK-wide Deadly Day Out events.


A total of 14.3 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.

Live ‘n’ Deadly is CBBC’s wildlife and adventure show for children, fronted by Steve Backshall and Naomi Wilkinson. The live programme is packed with entertaining features about wildlife with a deadly twist, outdoor adventure activities, challenges and competitions.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

For more information on the DSI: Deadly Scene Investigation at Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian, contact Recreation Manager Gareth Owen on 01970 890453, mobile 07800 512906, email

For more information on the DSI: Deadly Scene Investigation at Coed-y-Brenin, contact Hilary Malyon, Recreation Ranger, Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, on 01341 440747, email

For more information on the DSI: Deadly Scene Investigation at Garwnant, contact Visitor Centre Manager Sam Detheridge on 01685 722481, mobile 07789 747127, email

Press office contact: Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email