Itching to explore the secret life of creepy crawlies

On Sunday 15 June the RSPB is inviting visitors to come and explore what flies, slimes, creeps and crawls on a walk of discovery in the hidden depths of RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve.

Lucy Hodson, spokesperson for RSPB says: “Our mini-beast exploration will take you deep into the wild woodland where there’s a whole secret insect world for you to discover. How many different creepy crawlies can you and your family find by exploring the reserve with the help of our friendly team?”

The wild walk will also involve activities along the way such as using sweep nets in the meadows to discover what flutters, kick sampling in the brook to see what slithers, deadwood discovery and pond dipping.

Lucy adds:

“We will use various devices including pooters and magnifying pots to help identify and understand our findings. We can’t wait to share this incredible hidden world!”

At the end of the walk, there will be refreshments and a demonstration of moth trap findings from the previous night.

The walk will start at 1pm and finish at 3pm. Adults cost £4 and children £2, with a 20% discount for RSPB members, including car parking charges. No booking is required for this event.

Accessible by public transport with the Moorlands Connect Bus upon request, includes free access to the reserve with your ticket. To book the bus to drop you off at the reserve call 0300 111 8003 or search moorlands connect on

For more information visit the Coombes Valley website at or call the reserve office on 01538 384017.