Junior detectives urgently required to solve wildlife mystery

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The Woodland Trust is summoning all junior detectives to Carnmoney Hill this weekend.

The Trust, in partnership with the BBC children’s show Live ‘n’ Deadly and Newtownabbey Borough Council, is hosting a free afternoon of detective fun for all the family on the hill on Saturday (October 1) between 12 noon and 3pm.

With its ancient woodland, stunning views and rich autumn colour, Carnmoney Hill is a place of great natural beauty. But the tranquil setting has been disturbed; a crime committed; and help is urgently needed to solve the ‘wildlife crime scene’ and deduce ‘who’s eaten who’.

Michelle McCaughtry, People Engagement Co-ordinator with the Woodland Trust, explains: “This Deadly Scene Investigation event presents families with a ‘wildlife crime scene’ hidden in the wood. Each child is given a free Deadly Detective booklet, before exploring the wood in search of clues to solve the crime. It’s self-led by families and should take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. As a bonus we have small prizes to give away to all participants.”

Start your detective investigation at the main entrance to Carnmoney Hill at Knockenagh Avenue, Rathfern.

All participants should wear suitable footwear and clothing, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Woodland Trust has planted over 60,000 trees at Carnmoney Hill, making it one of the largest native woodland creation projects in Northern Ireland. Works, including recent path improvements, have been made possible thanks to support from Newtownabbey Borough Council, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Biffaward.

For more information call Michelle McCaughtry on 9127 5787 or email michellemccaughtry@woodlandtrust.org.uk