Mini-beasts and life in the dead wood
  • Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth

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Join us to search high and low in Plymbridge Woods to uncover 'life in the dead wood'. Learn to identify millipedes, harvestman, beetles and woodlice that you encounter along the way. You will also get to help with a real study to find out about the importance of dead trees for life in the forest.

Woodland Explorers is a monthly club that offers free sessions for families to learn about woodland wildlife through interactive science-based activities, games and crafts.

This session will be run by Alison Smith from the Plymouth Woodland Project, based in the School of Biological Sciences at Plymouth University. Alison's job involves engaging children with real science, and helping them to investigate their local environment.

Meet at 9.50am in the National Trust car park.

The Children's University is a national initiative, which is run locally by Plymouth City Council with the help of local organisations, the University of Plymouth, businesses and individuals.

Children can go to different learning lectures and activities outside of school hours through the programme. For every event they attend, they get time stamped into their learning passports, which they save up to earn bronze, silver and gold certificates. They are presented with their qualifications at a 'graduation ceremony' held annually to celebrate their achievements. Learning passports can be bought at the lecture, from participating schools or from any Plymouth City Council library.

For young people aged 5 to 14 years. All children 11 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking essential. To book your free place contact Linda Barretto on 01752307489 or email

For general enquiries about Woodland Explorers, contact Alison Smith on 07954 683869 or email

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