Have you ever wondered why some bats have ears which are nearly the length of their bodies, or why some bees have long party blower tongues? Are you curious about the rattling songs of meadow grasshoppers, or the tweezer-tipped beak of a goldfinch? Does the world of wildlife leave you in awe?
Us too! That’s why we invited children and their families for a Fabulously Freaky fun day at our Grow Wilder site in Stapleton, where together we could dive into the diversity of the natural world and celebrate the features (or superpowers!) that make every individual species on earth special.
Joined by Bristol-based authors Alex Morss and Sean Taylor, we dressed up as long eared owls, bats, and the superstar of summer, the cockchafer, an adorable, funky antennae-wearing beetle! Nestled in our outside tent for a live reading from the new bestselling children’s book ‘Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks and other Incredible Creature Features’, we were taken on a whistle stop tour of life on earth with rhymes, riddles, and drums!
We created our own crazy creatures including “fogths” (fox,hedgehog,moth) and “Bations” (half bat half lion), went on minibeast quests, and got close and personal with newly emerged cinnabar moths. We danced like glorious oaks, and imagined ourselves in the belly of a boa constrictor. We looked for birds, examined nests and skulls, and basked in the beat boxing of a noisy wren. We ate lunch together, gobbled cake at our newly opened Grow Wilder Cafe, and shared our experiences of the wildlife on our doorsteps.