Bugs at Coahing HouseGiant bugs, beetles and butterflies are soon to be found hiding in open public spaces around the Oakfield area of Ryde, as part of Big Bug Day – an environmental arts collaboration between Natural Wight and The New Carnival Company.

During October, The New Carnival Company will be working with eight school and community groups to create giant sculptures of selected invertebrates – from the Acorn Weevil and the Glanville Fritillary to the Jersey Tiger Moth and the Hairy Legged Mining Bee.

Big Bug Day aims to raise local awareness of many endangered and unusual Island invertebrates whilst going on a one-mile trail around the streets of the estate.

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Frankie Goldspink, Participation and Learning Manager for The New Carnival Company explained:

“Groups taking part will adopt a Bug, learn all about it its habitat, life cycle and distinctive features, before working with one of our artists to make a giant replica of it.

“We are using a number a creative arts skills to make the giant bugs from the relatively simple technique of using cane and paper mache to the traditional carnival craft of wire bending.”

The finished bugs will be sited around the Oakfield area and members of the public are invited to join the Big Bug Hunt. Just head down to the ARC playsite at Slade Road on 26th October between 11:00 and 15:00, collect your free map and guide, seek out the creepy crawlies and get a chance to enter our free prize draw! Everyone is welcome to take part.

Chris Slann, Executive Director of the New Carnival Company, said:

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“This unusual and imaginative project with Natural Wight is a great way of letting lots of people know about our Isle of Wight buglife whilst taking part in a great autumn walk. Oakfield has been a brilliant place to base this project and we have been delighted at the amazing community involvement – hopefully this is a project that can grow in future years”

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