Today it was extra special though as it had been taken over by Wild Oxfordshire, giving the kids a chance to hold all sorts of beasties and engage with some of the local (and not so local) wildlife.
|Very keen on the tarantula|
|No we can't have one as a pet!|
|The giant millipede was nice - very smooth|
|Happy to touch, but 'too leggy' to hold apparently!|
|Great crested newt|
|Giant African land snails|
|A very handsome Indian eagle owl called Ruben|
|No we can't have one of them as a pet either!|
The giant sharks teeth fossils were a bit of a hit and I liked this perfect shrimp fossil.
The kids did the fossil lucky dip and came home with their own fossils.
We saw snakes skins and the skulls of crocodiles and alligators.
|Doing an impression of Sobek, the Egyptian God of the Nile|
They'd also set some traps the night before and caught a signal crayfish in one of the River Thames tributaries near Wallingford. They're an introduced species that has caused havoc with the native white-clawed crayfish, spreading disease to them. They also eat the eggs of native fish and damage river banks by burrowing into them.
|Our resident artist at work|
|The little one drew an otter, chasing a fish that was chasing a worm!|
|I drew some snake's head fritillaries on the river |
bank - one of my favourite plants!
|Rusty the red kite - he's to scale showing the huge wingspan of a red kite|
There's lots of lovely things in the rest of the museum and it's definitely worth a visit.