Families enjoy fun day at Barton Broad

Families enjoyed a day of wildlife and arts and crafts at Barton Broad on Sunday.

The fun day, which was organised by Barton Turf Adventure Centre and Norfolk Wildlife Trust gave families the chance to have a go at canoeing and sailing.

Nearly 500 people attended the event which also included the North Norfolk worm charming championship.

Eight teams of between three and six people entered.

Di Newberry, chief sailing instructor at Barton Turf said: 'The worm charming was won by the Dunnings and the O'Brians. They charmed a total of four worms using forks and sticks.

'Last years winners managed 56. The ground was very dry this year so it was much harder to get the worms out. You can't predict how it is going to be.

'We didn't charge an entry fee because the day is about people having a day out and having fun.'

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Families also enjoyed guided walks and boat tours of the broads.

Children learnt the craft of reed dressing by natural artist Tim Willey and were taught how to bind reeds and turn them into sculptures.

Other craft activities included making bird feeders, bird boxes and mini beast homes.

The day, which has run for the past five years, also gave people the chance to see the swallowtail, Britain's largest butterfly which in the UK is only found in the Broads.

Sunday was International Day of Biological Diversity, a day which encourages understanding of eco systems.

Barton Broad has an estimated 1,500 species of invertebrate, making it an excellent place to see nature's diversity.