Ulster Museum urges visitors to take a closer look...
Published: 29 February 2012
A range of weird and wonderful creatures will be under the spotlight when well-known television presenter and naturalist Nick Baker pays a visit to the Ulster Museum on Saturday.
Whether its lizards, creepy crawlies or marine life which interest you, the Weird Creatures event, which is running as part of National Science and Engineering week, is sure to be a fascinating experience for young and older visitors alike.
Visitors can come along to the free events taking place in partnership with the RSPB at 12.30pm and 2.30pm in the Museum’s lecture theatre.
As well as some candid and revealing behind the scenes trials and tribulations, Nick Baker will also explain why some animals appear weird to us and how their strange looks and habits are actually valuable to tackle some unique habitats and situations.
Nick, the presenter of television programmes including the Really Wild Show, CBBC’s Springwatch, Weird Creatures and Beautiful Freaks, has been passionate about nature since he was a young boy. He said he hoped visitors to the Museum would be inspired by the event.
“The stories I tell of my own love of learning and the subject of natural history will hopefully pass on the baton of enthusiasm and fire up a few of these fresh, young and curious minds.
“I'm hugely looking forward to meeting the friendly folk of Belfast again, to spending more time with them and also getting the chance to explore the museum - a house of inspiration - in more depth!”
Nick will also be popping into the Our Undersea World event taking place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday in the Nature Zone at the Ulster Museum, where budding marine biologists can discover what lies beneath Northern Ireland’s seas.
The museum’s marine curators and partners from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Northern Ireland Marine Taskforce are offering the chance to learn about whales and dolphins and the forthcoming marine bill, try on diving equipment, find out about marine biology careers, have a go at marine themed crafts and investigate a touch tank of living marine creatures.
The museum’s natural science curators and partners from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Ulster Wildlife Trust are holding a demonstration of whale and dolphin bones, diving equipment and a touch tank of marine creatures.
And Nick will chat to visitors about nature in the Museum’s gallery exhibition, Native, Visitor or Invader in theNature Zone. It explores biodiversity in the context of native, introduced, visiting and invading species, pests, ecology, and genetic pollution.
Dr Geraldine Macartney, Learning Officer with National Museums Northern Ireland, said Saturday’s events would be a truly interactive experience for all visitors.
“Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures is set to be a fascinating event for anyone interested in finding out more about some of the more unusual creatures we share our planet with.
“It’s also a wonderful opportunity to see and interact with our natural science collections in the Ulster Museum and ask the experts all those burning questions about life underneath the seas! “
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