Yesterday we took families out on a fantastic, wild story adventure following the tale of a lost bog bush cricket on Little Wooldon Moss.
The Great Bog Hop Trail combined nature with creativity and made for an inspiringly different afternoon for children and adults alike.
37 people joined us for our story walk, including four children who designed the characters used for the story.
The tale of the bog bush cricket was written by Jane McNulty, a local author and brought to life by student illustrator Rowena Headley and actor Simon Sullivan.
The children excitedly led the way as we followed the trail along. As we walked we spotted all kinds of wildlife, including a giant story-telling hare!
“Here’s bog bush cricket, all sad and alone.
What can be the matter? He says, “I want to go home!
I live in the bog, not here in the town.”
Don’t be sad, cricket, don’t wear a frown
We’re going to get you home, back where you belong.
Climb up on my shoulder and we’ll sing this song:
Let’s go bog trotting what will we see?
A bog bush cricket. One, two, three.
With a bright green tummy, with legs thin and long,
Bog bush cricket sings a chirp chirp song!
Spring! Jump! Don’t forget to hop!
Bog bush cricket does the bog trot.”
Extract by Jane McNulty, Local author
The event encouraged the children to explore and discover wooden statues of each of the animals from the story; a brown hare, a crafty fox, a large heath butterfly, a sleek water vole, a plump green frog and finally the home of the bush cricket.
With the cricket safely back home, we decided to make our own cricket homes out of twigs and leaves and whatever else we could get our hands on before warming up with a cup of hot chocolate.
Little Wooldon Moss is a former peat extraction site which once formed part of the larger Chat Moss mossland. This lowland raised bog is home to a number is species including common lizard, black darter dragonfly, brown hare and the rare bog bush cricket.
The Great Bog Hop Trail event was a huge success. We are so glad that so many of you came along with us on this #firststeps adventure.
The event was a Heritage Lottery and Tesco Bags of Help funded project by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Chat Moss Project. Carbon Landscape supported the event and will keep the legacy going.