Winter Wildlife event at Norwich Castle a huge hit with familes

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Chester Smith, four, studies a tawny ow

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Chester Smith, four, studies a tawny owl. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

An event held to showcase Norfolk's diverse range of winter wildlife proved a huge hit with families who formed a long queue outside Norwich Castle waiting to get in.

The queue for the caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The queue for the caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Patricia Day of the Norfolk Museum Services, who was involved in organising the Winter Wildlife Weekend with Dr David Waterhouse, said a queue had started forming outside the Castle soon after doors opened at 10am on Saturday.

'By 2pm we'd had a couple of thousand people through the doors,' she said.

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Nehir Ertugrul, seven, with a Chinese w

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Nehir Ertugrul, seven, with a Chinese water deer skull. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

'It was lovely that so many were interested.'

The aim of the event was to showcase what insects and animals can be found in a back garden at this time of year.

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Zena Outred, four, hugs a hedgehog on t

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Zena Outred, four, hugs a hedgehog on the RSPB stand about hedgehog conservation in towns and cities. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018


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Displays included a collection of insects and butterflies, stuffed animals such as otter while a range of activities designed to teach children how important it is to take care of nature were also available.

The event continues on Sunday with doors opening at 1pm until 3.30pm.

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Sisters Casey, four, and Taylor Ethridg

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Sisters Casey, four, and Taylor Ethridge, seven, make bug hotels. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

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Entrance is free for children while adults pay £2.

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Brothers, Charlie Royal, eight, centre,

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Brothers, Charlie Royal, eight, centre, with three-year-old twins Jack, left, and Oliver, with their bug hotels. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Lexie Heather, eight, front, and Poppy

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Lexie Heather, eight, front, and Poppy Lockley, six, hang their leaves on the wildlife pledge tree. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Fraser Lund, two, does some colouring.

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Fraser Lund, two, does some colouring. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Showing his bug hotel is five-year-old

The caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Showing his bug hotel is five-year-old Tobias Nicholls-Taylor. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

The queue for the caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The queue for the caring for wildlife in winter weekend at Norwich Castle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

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