6 February 2012

Join Froglife for National Science and Engineering Week

We’re planning our activities for the British Science Associations’ week of fun in March 2012. Froglife’s Rebecca Neal invites you to join us in Peterborough or Lanarkshire and find out more about newts on the move....

“So what, when you get right down to it, is an actual newt and what do they do?”

“I really want to dance like an idiot to cheesy music but clubbing’s not my scene.”

“It’s been my burning desire since I was small to hide under some camouflage netting and giant leaves, but where can I do it without ridicule?”

"If, like me, thoughts like these keep you awake at night then worry no longer! The remedy is just around the corner.

Froglife and friends are putting together a mind-blowing interactive exhibition to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week called “The Dragons Den: A Year in the Life of a Newt”. In this total emersion experience you will don your very own newt tail and journey through “newt world” in character and learn about these strange animals as you go.

Join us on the 10th or 17th of March to think like a newt
 You’ll race across the hunting ground to avoid being eaten by a giant snake, you’ll search out some tasty invertebrates to eat and hide out under some giant leaves. The best bit though, and the part which I am most looking forward to, is the section where you’ll pretend to be a boy newt and dance to attract a lady friend. (“Ah, ah, ah, ah, staying alive, staying alive…” I know you’re secretly throwing the shapes already).  How often if a lifetime does an opportunity like that come along?
Newts dance in their ponds in spring to atract a mate
If you are interested in coming along, you will find us:

• At The Discovery Den near the Visitors Centre at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 10th March

• On tour in Palacerigg Country Park Visitors Centre in Lanarkshire in Scotland between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 17th March

I would suggest bringing some small people with you as well, just as an excuse. They will probably enjoy it too."

Photo: Sivi Sivanesan.  Lino print:  Sam Taylor

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