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Pavilion is the venue for Cornish animal magic

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

  • Baylin enjoys herself during the art workshop.

  • Logan White, 5, with his spider monkey crab drawing.

  • Wildlife ranger Gary Zammit shows Chunk the eagle owl to Alfie Newlans and his mum Katie.

  • Amber and Harry enjoy the chance to get creative after meeting some of the wild animals at Falmouth's Princess Pavilion.

  • Nicky and her children, Ellie-May and George, pictured by the dormice display unit.

  • Elisa and Ty Morgan watch as children Hannah and Josh make friends with a snake.

  • Paul Brockett and his children Tamara and Alex enjoy the Go Wild day at the Princess Pavilion.

  • Go Wild at Gyllyngdune Gardens. Alison Zammit hold's Chewy the grass snake, with Leo and young Baylin. Pic: Joshua Cunliffe. Ref: TRTW20121110B-008_C

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CHILDREN had the chance to get closer than usual to some of Britain's native wildlife at an event in Falmouth.

The Princess Pavilion was the venue for a Go Wild day organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust's junior section Fox Club.

Children and adults alike were able to meet grass snakes, slow worms, toads, harvest mice, ferrets and a barn owl called Sly.

Wildlife rangers Gary and Alyson Zammit, from Feadon Farm at Gwel An Mor, also taught visitors about the creatures as well as displaying the art of falconry.

And youngsters' creative sides could come out, inspired by their animal experiences, with a drop-in art and craft session, making wild creatures from natural and recycled materials.

Fox Club co-ordinator Kirstie Francis said: "This was a brilliant opportunity for children to get close up to some of our local wildlife.

"Hopefully the experience will inspire them to want to know more and in the future they will take a keen interest in the amazing wildlife on their doorstep."

To become a member of Fox Club or join in any of the events visit the website www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/foxclub

Turn to page 3 for a story about celebrity sketches being auctioned for the trust.

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