There’s a spooky feeling in the air at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve later this month with a week of ghostly events during the half term holiday.

RSPB spokesman, Ian Barthorpe, said: “With Halloween coinciding with the school holiday we’ve added a twist some old favourites, such as pond dipping in the swamp or searching for bats with a witch. These events are certain to be popular with families, who can also explore the Wild Zone, build a den, or spot of Minsmere’s autumnal wildlife.”

The Halloween-themed events begin with a workshop by resident artist Liz McGowan entitled “Journeys from other worlds” from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 October. Liz will be helping families to make sculptures and other art works as part of her continuing programme exploring Minsmere’s memories to the future.

The fun continues on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 October 2012 with Spooky Swamps and Creepy Crawlies, when families can search for minibeasts in the pond and woods.

Halloween itself will see families looking for entrails and skeletons as they dissect owl pellets on Wednesday 31 October, while on Thursday 1 November they can cast a ring spell as the Waveney Bird Club run a bird ringing demonstration.

On Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November, visitors can step back in time and learn how to make their photos look older, or simply learn how to use the different dials on their cameras.

All of the above events are free, with no need to book, although normal entry fees apply for non members.

Booking is required to join Minsmere’s witch, for a spooky moth and bat hunt on Tuesday 30 October, starting at 4.30 pm. Costs are £5 per child, or £3 for RSPB Wildlife Explorers, with accompanying adults free. Please call 01728 648281 to reserve your place.

Then on Friday 2 November, Minsmere’s wizard of the woods will lead a series of short introductory walks, which are bookable on the day.

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