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Take a walk on the Wild side with new exhibition

(7 May 2019)

Nature-lovers of all ages can explore how animals have adapted to survive and thrive in the varied environments of the British Isles at a new exhibition at Palace Green Library.

Go Wild!

Visitors to Wild: A Celebration of the Natural History of the British Isles will have the opportunity to see some of Britain’s most elusive animals, such as the red fox, red squirrel, barn owl and great crested newt, up close, in taxidermy, and learn about them in an accessible way.

There will be games, activities and a free gallery trail.

What else is there to see and do?

The exhibition also includes treasures from the Library’s Special Collections, including 19th Century Boys Own annuals and hand-painted illustrations of British birds by noted ornithologist John Selby.

Visitors can learn about the work of Durham Wildlife Trust and participate in the Trust’s animal-spotting programme MammalWeb,developed in collaboration with the University.

There will also be an events programme with family activities taking place each weekend, including making bird nests and animal puppets, as well as nature spotting.

Some of our academics, and Durham Wildlife Trust representatives, will present their research, in a series of talks aimed at adult visitors.

When and where?

The exhibition will be at Palace Green Library from Saturday 18 May to Sunday 6 October. It will be open daily from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free. Booking is not required.

Wild: A Celebration of the Natural History of the British Isles is a touring exhibition produced by Blue Tokay.