Amazing Animals – Zoology Day

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It’s all about the animals! Come and explore the wonderful world of birds and beasts in our zoology day. Discover the amazing wildlife right here in Norfolk, and the work being done to save threatened species from extinction. Spot tiny free-floating organisms through a microscope. Dress up as a vet and take a ‘surgeon selfie’ with the Royal Veterinary College. You may even meet an escapee dinosaur from Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure!

 

Bug Off: Controlling the Mosquito Menace

Bug Off logoHave you ever wondered why mosquitoes seem to target you? Want to know more about this important arthropod, and the latest research and methods for insect bite protection? Then pop by the Bug Off! stand and join our entomologists for mosquito myth-busting, plus test your attractiveness to live mosquitoes in our bug-friendly experiment.

The stand is part of the Bug Off! campaign – a public engagement campaign which is run by ARCTEC at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to raise awareness of vector-borne diseases, mosquitoes and travel health to the UK public.

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Back from the Brink: Saving England’s Most Threatened Species from Extinction

Shifting SandsDiscover the unique ecology and habitats of the Brecks, and the incredible biodiversity that they sustain. Learn more about the rare plants and animals living in East Anglia, and how the Shifting Sands team are working to bring them back from the brink of extinction.

Back from the Brink is one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken. Its aim – to save 20 species from extinction and benefit over 200 more, through 19 projects that span England. The Shifting Sands project focuses on securing a future for the Brecks. The Brecks straddles the Norfolk and Suffolk border, and is one of the most unusual landscapes in England; it is home to nearly 13,000 species, some of which are found nowhere else on earth! Shifting Sands will restore and create a mosaic of habitats for the Brecks’ rarest wildlife. We are extending and connecting the forest corridor network to encourage and reintroduce rare plants, and link it to patches of heathland. The heaths were, for hundreds of years, home to lots of rabbits – great habitat engineers, which are now in sharp decline. We aim to boost rabbit populations on these heaths, so that rare plants and animals can recolonise the more open, rabbit-disturbed ground. By the end of the project, we aim to have improved the conservation status of many of the Brecks’ iconic wildlife species, some of them among the rarest and most threatened in the UK.

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Vet Science Skills

Junior vets Royal Veterinary CollegeCome and meet students from the Royal Veterinary College. You can dress up as a vet, and take a ‘surgeon selfie’, learn how to bandage an animal, hear from our vet students and learn to take a dogs pulse, and identify some real anatomy specimens!

The Royal Veterinary College is the number one vet school in the world, and the oldest in the English speaking world. Our Camden campus was set up in 1791 and since we have expanded to our Potters Bar campus which houses our farm, equine hospital and clinical skills centre. We teach vets, vet nurses and bio scientists, and have world-leading researchers.

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Giving nature a home RSPB

RSPB Information StandJoin the RSPB stand to find out how to give nature a home, pick up top tips for caring for the wildlife in your area and make FREE mini bird feeders to take home!

The RSPB was formed to counter the barbarous trade in plumes for women’s hats, a fashion responsible for the destruction of many thousands of egrets, birds of paradise and other species whose plumes had become fashionable in the late Victorian era.

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Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Visit the Norfolk Wildlife Trust stand and find out more about the wonderful wildlife which can be found in Norfolk.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the oldest Wildlife Trust in the country. The purchase of 400 acres of marsh at Cley on the north Norfolk coast in 1926 to be held ‘in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary’ provided a blueprint for nature conservation which has now been replicated across the UK. From humble beginnings we now have over 35,500 members, more than 100 corporate members, and eight thriving local members groups. We give conservation advice to a wide variety of organisations and individuals; provide education services for over 5,000 young people on school and university field trips each year; run hundreds of informative and fun events at our reserves, and care for over 50 nature reserves and other protected sites encompassing wetland, heathland, woodland and coastal habitats that provide a home for flagship species including otter, water vole, natterjack toad, bittern, common crane, marsh harrier, bearded tit, swallowtail and Norfolk hawker.

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Meet a Dinosaur!

Your chance to get up close and personal with a dinosaur, as one manages to escape and visit from Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure.

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Phytoplankton: The First Architects of Nature and Earth’s Oxygenators!

phytoplanktonPhytoplankton are free-floating organisms – the drifters of the ocean. They oxygenated the atmosphere of the Earth, and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – so play an important role in climate regulation. Take a look through the microscope and be prepared to see an astonishing variety of shapes made by these first architects of nature

Derived from the Greek words phyton (plant) and planktos (wanderer) these free-floating organisms are the drifters of the ocean. Did you know that the first phytoplankton (marine cyanobacteria) probably appeared almost 3 billion years ago? Since then, phytoplankton have oxygenated the atmosphere of the Earth, undergone broad diversification and numerous extinction events, and conquered the freshwater realm. They also absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, play an important role in climate regulation and form the basis of the aquatic food web. Some of them even produce toxins or can occur in sea ice. Come along and find out more about this extremely diverse and awesome group of microscopic organisms.

Dr Isabel Seguro and Dr Krisztina Sarkozy are Senior Research Associates in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

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Zoological Society of East Anglia

Come and meet a variety of small animals, including reptiles, insects and snails and find out what makes each one unique! Test your zoology skills with our ‘Sort it Out’ classification challenge or find out more about the work of the Zoological Society of East Anglia from our Education Team.

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) is the dynamic conservation and education charity that leads Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! For over 50 years the zoos have sought to amaze and inspire guests who visit, providing wonderful, memorable days out and to share unique experiences with their families, friends and loved ones. The creation of ZSEA in 2013 meant that the zoos could secure their long term futures and have a greater purpose than just being successful visitor attractions. Any surplus funding generated at the ZSEA zoos is directed to supporting and implementing the charity’s objectives.
The Zoos’ Education team will be attending Science Festival with the aim of connecting visitors with nature and inspiring a passion for science and zoology.

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Marvellous Museum Mammals!

Norfolk Museums David WaterhouseCollecting the natural world has always played an important part in the study of biodiversity. From tiny harvest mice to the 6’10” polar bear, Norwich Castle Museum is home to about 1½ million natural history specimens. Although most of the collections are over 100 years old, staff at Norfolk Museums Service still actively engage in biological collecting and scientific research. Much can be learned from these preserved specimens, and in many cases the original collectors could not have dreamed of how useful they would be to modern science. Meet Senior Curator of Natural History Dr David Waterhouse look at how these specimens are collected, preserved and stored, and find out about how useful they are to science and modern conservation.

Dr David Waterhouse is a curator, palaeontologist, evolutionary biologist and
palaeontological illustrator. He is Senior Curator of Natural History and Acting Curator of Geology for Norfolk Museums Service. Responsible for some 1.5 million specimens spread across 11 sites throughout the county of Norfolk, David’s remit is to look after the museum service’s natural history collections from gnats to mammoths (and everything in between!). David is co-creator of Norfolk’s Deep History Coast project and curator of the world famous West Runton Mammoth – the largest and oldest mammoth ever found in Britain. David’s excavation experience includes the oldest archaeological site in northern Europe at and a Tyrannosaurus rex dig in Montana, USA.

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Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists’ Society (NNNS)

NNNS is Norfolk’s oldest natural history organisation. Come and meet the team, see wildlife exhibits on show, and find out what you can do to record the county’s wildlife.

Founded in 1869, this year they are celebrating their 150th birthday. Throughout its life the members of the NNNS have been collecting and sharing valuable data on the county’s wildlife. You can play a valuable part in the recording process by contributing records of your own observations or supporting this work by joining the Society. You do not need to be an expert. An interest in the natural world is enough, and you can foster and develop that interest by taking part in their programme of meetings and field trips.

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Science Scribbles

Science Scribbles merchandisePick up some fantastically fun science merch at Norwich Science Festival!

Science Scribbles is an online store that sells science-themed merchandise such as fun and colourful stickers, postcards and bookmarks.

The store was created by Lauren Callender, a PhD student on a mission to encourage and inspire younger generations to pursue a career in science.

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Plus face painting from Charlie Vince, and activities from the Food & Farming Discovery Trust, Hawk and Owl Trust Trailer, Hoveton Great Broad Restoration Project, Broads Authority, Greenpeace, and Hodmedods Hedgehog Support.

 

Monday 21 October
10am–4pm
Venue: The Forum’s Explorium
Cost: Free, drop-in
Age: All ages