Family fun in Duthie Park this Sunday

Duthie Park in Aberdeen.
Duthie Park in Aberdeen.
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A family event with a host of environmentally-themed activities ranging from a live Harry Potter owl to scientific experiments are on offer in an Aberdeen park on Sunday, July 17.

The popular Environment Day in Duthie Park, which has been organised by Aberdeen City Council’s Duthie Park Rangers and sponsored by Friends of Duthie Park and Travelstock Packaging, will showcase a wide ranging variety of organisations with stalls and events offering interesting, fun and informative activities and exhibits.

Exhibitors at the annual summer event include the RSPB, Satrosphere, North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC), the Open Air Laboratories network (OPAL), Aberdeen Bee Keepers’ Society, the Butterfly Conservation Society, The Allotments Market Stall, Aberdeen City Council Waste Aware, the Royal Horticultural Society of Aberdeen, Scottish Rural Colleges (SRUC), Aberdeen Bio-diversity Centre, Local Biodivaersity Action Plan (LBAP) and Aberdeen Play Forum.

One of the stars of the event is Errol, an owl from the Owl and Pussycat Centre near Maud, who featured in the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Making an appearance for the first time is an exotic range of animals from Animates with informative and hands-on sessions which are designed to encourage a fun way of learning about our animal world.

Epi, the Brazilian Rainbow Boa Snake and Diago, the Argentine Red Tegu, Giant African Land Snails and African Train Millipedes along with other unusual animals will all be on show on Sunday.

The Environment Day will be held at Duthie Park Pavilion, from 12pm to 4pm. To avoid disappointment, arrive early from 12pm onwards to book a slot for an interactive session with the animals from Animates. Booking a slot for this event is only possible on the day.