Snakes, toads and spiders, oh my!

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Youngsters turned into eco investigators as they got up close and personal with a host of creepy crawlies recently.

The kids were able to hold many exotic beasts during a series of exhilarating Zoolab workshops which took place at Bowhill House and Country Estate.

Zoolab sessions allow kids to see, touch and handle an array of creatures while learning about their ecosystems and habitat.

The mini petting zoos include animals such as an African land snail, Madagascar hissing cockroach, corn snake, cane toad, emperor scorpion, Caribbean hermit crab or a Chilean rose tarantula.

Bowhill welcomed a trained Zoolab ranger to host a unique sensory workshop for kids between the ages of two and seven.

Rory Powell, learning and engagement ranger at Bowhill, said: “We offer an array of ranger activities at Bowhill throughout the year and we were delighted to welcome the UK’s number one animal handling experience company to offer unique workshops for our young visitors during the summer.

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“Zoolabs are such an innovative and exciting way to help children learn more about creatures and wildlife – some of which can be spotted around the grounds at Bowhill.

“All the children were very enthusiastic and engaged with all aspects of the workshop, with many of them being brave enough to handle some of the exotic animals.”

For more information on Bowhill this season, visit www.bowhillhouse.co.uk.