Kirrie Hill was a hive of activity, with around 150 people, mostly families and friend groups, rolling out their picnic blankets and unpacking their sandwiches before they headed off to explore nature and enjoy the free event.
Murton Trust brought a host of materials along. The kids got stuck in making mud bricks, sawing bits of wood, and drilling holes in sticks to make the components of the giant Bug Hotel which will be making its home on Kirrie Hill.
Claire Pumfrey, Project Officer for Buglife, took people on insect hunts with nets in hand, discovering the delights and diversity of the bugs that are all around us, when we take the time to notice. They learned things like how to identify a hoverfly from a bee, looking with curiosity and excitement, rather than fear!
Angus Alive’s Bookbug even made a guest appearance on the day! Sarah, who leads Kirriemuir and Forfar’s weekly Bookbug sessions, shared stories and songs with the little ones, starting them on their nature-loving journey.
Sustainable Kirriemuir staff and volunteers were on hand with all things environmental. They provided a nature weaving activity, locally grown berries, and homemade blackcurrant & elderflower cordial to sample. Kirrie Dumplings, our volunteer-led Outdoor Tots group based at the Community Garden, provided lots of engaging nature-themed activities for the under 5’s.
All in all, it was a fantastic day with a wonderful turnout of people (from near and far!). We hope that Kirriemuir continues to care and do more for these tiny but super beasties!