MARVELLOUS Moths at
Marshside will take place on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 June 2012 at RSPB Marshside Reserve as part of celebrations taking place
nationwide for National Insect Week which runs from 25 June to 1
Delve into the colourful, camouflaged and surprising world of moths.
Join staff and volunteers at RSPB Marshside reserve as we switch on
the humane moth traps. We’ll start with an introductory talk about
moths before switching on the lights and seeing what appears. If you
don’t mind early mornings, join us as we open up the moth traps and
identify the previous night’s catch. Get a close up look at these
amazing insects before we let them go.
The event has been organised to coincide with the Royal
Entomological Society’s National Insect Week which this year,
inspired by The Olympics in London during 2012 and the Diamond
Jubilee of the Society’s Patron HM The Queen, is celebrating all
that is great about British insects.
National Insect Week is a biennial initiative to promote awareness
of the value of a diverse insect world to the environment and is
supported by more than 50 national partner organisations concerned
about natural history and biodiversity.
website gives visitors all the
information they need to get involved, from finding out about events
taking place in their area to a photography competition and advice
on bringing more British insects into our gardens.
Luke Tilley, National Insect Week coordinator, said:- “There
are lots of events taking place across the country to mark National
Insect Week this year which is really exciting given how special
2012 is for Great Britain.
There’s a huge range of activities being staged by local and
regional wildlife organisations which will enable children and
adults explore the wonderful world of insects for themselves.”
For more information about Marvellous Moths at Marshside contact
Alex Pigott on:- 01253 796292 or visit:-
nationalinsectweek.co.uk and click What’s Going
Saturday, 23 June 2012, 9.30pm to 11.45pm. Sunday, 24 June 2012, 6.30am
Each event is £2 RSPB members/ £3 non RSPB members (under 18 free).
Sunday is FREE if you attend the Saturday evening event. Meet at the
Sandgrounders hide, RSPB Marshside Reserve, Marine Drive, Southport,
follow signs from the car park on Marine Drive. Booking essential
due to limited places; Please call the Ribble Discovery Centre on:-
01253 796292 to book your place. This event is weather dependant so
may be cancelled at short notice. Suitable for all ages, pushchairs
and wheelchairs. No dogs please. Please wear warm clothing as this
event is outside and bring a torch and sunglasses as the lights are
Everton football clubs join forces to protect babies
LIVERPOOL and Everton
football players are backing a new NSPCC programme in Merseyside to
educate new parents about the risks of inflicting head injuries on
Players including Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing and Everton’s
Apostolos Vellios are helping raise awareness of the The Preventing
Non Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) programme, which is a pioneering
service from the NSPCC that is being delivered at Liverpool Women’s
Hospital (LWH). It focuses on educating parents about the risks of
shaking babies and gives practical coping strategies for the
pressures of parenthood.
The players are the faces of new posters promoting the Non
Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) programme, being displayed on the
Maternity Ward at Liverpool Women’s Hospital which hopes to raise
awareness of shaking babies to parents of newborns.
Jay Spearing, Liverpool midfielder said:- “I’m proud to be
supporting the NSPCC’s work to prevent babies from suffering non
accidental head injuries. As a father myself, I know how precious
children are and I’m pleased to be supporting this work to help new
mums and dads keep their child protected and safe.”
Apostolos Vellios, Everton player, added:- “I was very
impressed when I first heard about the NSPCC’s new work in
preventing children under one from suffering these types of head
injuries and I wanted to help. The NSPCC’s DVD is a great way of
helping new parents understand the dangers of shaking a baby and it
is a great way to advise them.”
The Preventing Non Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) programme involves
midwives and health professionals simply showing new parents a short
film before they are discharged from hospital. The film helps mums
and dads understand the dangers of shaking a baby, how to respond to
their baby crying, and how to cope with feeling stressed and tired.
The midwives talk to the parents about the film and answer
questions. They help parents think about how they might deal with
frustrations without taking it out on the baby. They also ask
parents to sign a statement confirming they’ve seen the DVD and give
them an information leaflet to take home. Parents are then asked to
sign a promise to care safely for their baby.
Carol Kennedy, children’s service’s manager at the NSPCC said:-
“Many parents are unaware of the dangers of shaking a baby, so we
are delighted to have the support of Liverpool and Everton football
clubs to help us raise awareness to new parents. By informing them
before they take their newborn home we aim to help parents get off
on the right foot - and crucially set the pattern for effective
parenting later on to help keep their baby safe.”
For more information about the NSPCC’s work to prevent the abuse of
babies and toddlers, please visit:-
and pledge your support for the NSPCC’s All Babies Count campaign.
If you want to know more about the NSPCC’s Preventing Non-Accidental
Head Injuries programme, please contact the NSPCC in Liverpool on
:-0844 892 0264.