Making Lanterns for Nature

Monday, 14 October 2019

Last week Bury St Edmunds Pioneers and Thetford and Diss District were joined by Katherine from Back from the Brink, conservation organisation working across the UK on rare habitats and species. 

The Brecks is a unique habitat found on the Norfolk/ Suffolk border which is home to many rare and endangered or declining species, including plants such as Field Wormwood and Prostrate Perennial Knawel, insects such as the Wormwood Moonshiner Beetle and birds such as the Nightjar and Stone Curlew. Katherine gave the groups some information about these species and then we got creative, thinking of questions to ask these species or writing Haiku poems to put on our lanterns.

 

 

Once this was done, it was time to get messy! The lanterns were made using sustainably sourced willow and tissue paper, first white then adding colour and our messages afterwards.

All of the lanterns will be displayed at an event being held at Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve (half way between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford) over half term, where the families are invited to participate in their Lantern and Moth Night.

For more information about Back from the Brink:
 https://naturebftb.co.uk/

For more information about the event:
 https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/lackfordlakes