Supernature! draws crowds to Ancrum

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Staff and volunteers at Harestanes Countryside Visitors Centre near Jedburgh have been surprised by the success of an indoor exhibition during the hot summer weather.

Supernature!, a special interactive exhibition to mark the Year of Natural Scotland, features super-sized animals and plants which museum staff and Harestanes volunteers spent two winters researching, designing and building.

Harestanes centre manager Michael Scott said: “The feedback from visitors has been tremendous.”

Chirnside-based fibre products company Ahlstrom and local charity Borders Scrap Store donated materials for the exhibition, which features three unique Borders habitats and their wildlife.

The exhibition highlight is an underwater experience, inspired by St Abbs Voluntary Marine Reserve, featuring underwater footage, a giant wolf-fish, kelp forest and hand-built diving gear made from recycled plastic bottles,

Harestanes centre assistant Toni Coyle, in charge of creating Supernature!, said: “The challenge was to create nature on a massive scale.

“I wanted the visitor to feel like a small creature emerging into a kelp forest under the watchful eye of a friendly seal, then to come face to face with a scary wolf-fish in a coral reef.

“I wanted the sets to be quirky and stylised and show what they were made of.

“Visitors can see coral made from socks and anemones made from carwash brush heads!”

SuperNature! runs until Monday, August 26.