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Paint the town green this half-term – explore the new science trail at St Nicholas Fields

Posted on 22 May 2013

In partnership, the University of York is offering a series of free family events with St Nicholas Fields at their Tang Hall site on Thursday 30 May, exploring science and nature.

There will be the launch of a new science trail the whole St Nicholas Fields’ nature reserve, taking in the Butterfly Walk, the Dragon Stones and the beck through the site. To get the most out of trail, participants are advised to bring a smart phone with a QR code reader. The trail itself will remain open to the public after the launch day, and is entirely self-directed.

Families are also invited to discover some of the smaller residents of St Nicholas Fields such as bugs, beetles, woodlice and hoverflies, while learning some fun facts about them and their habitats. There will also be the chance to try pond dipping and get a little closer to the newts, pond snails and water boatmen which live close to the Environment Centre. For the more creative, Lizzi Linklater will explore nature poetry as well as encouraging visitors to put pen to paper themselves.

Lesley Booth, Director for Lifelong Learning and Community Relations said: “It has been a real pleasure to work so closely with St Nicholas Fields on this project and help bring new visitors to their gates, while introducing families to the delights of the natural world.”

These family events are open to anyone in York. Children must be accompanied by parents. For any questions or queries about the day, please call Alex Brown at the University of York on 01904 328478 or email

Notes to editors:

  • The event is organised by the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, who provide arrange of family and adult learning opportunities to the local community (
  • St Nicholas Fields is York’s leading organisation promoting sustainable living, and is housed on a 24-acre nature reserve (
  • OPAL is a research and education programme about the natural environment ( and will be assisting with the Citizen Science elements of the day

Contact details

Caron Lett
Press Officer

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