Jupiter ranger gets the Disney bug as he captures Herald’s latest Disney encyclopedia

Jupiter ranger Stephen Owen captures our latest Disney encyclopedia
Jupiter ranger Stephen Owen captures our latest Disney encyclopedia

The insect life at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre really is out of this world.

People of all ages regularly attend events at the Scottish Wildlife Trust facility near Wood Street, Grangemouth, and youngsters will be able to get even more out of their visits when they get their hands on the latest Disney ‘Wonderful World of Knowledge’ volume which this week features ‘Insects and Spiders’.

Jupiter ranger Stephen Owen said: “The encyclopedia is colourful and really accessible with a lot of good information. It’s a nice way to get youngsters interested in these mini creatures.”

Stephen hopes youngsters will take their Disney volumes along when they go to see the mass of insect life in Jupiter at various events, including the whirligig beetles and water boatmen day on Tuesday, July 26, at 2 p.m. and 3.30 p.m., Slime-sters, Slugs and Snails on Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Brilliant Bug Bonanza on Tuesday, August 9, from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Stephen said: “Jupiter is a pretty good place for insects since we have a lot of different habitats in a small area. There are a lot of wild flowers around which attract bumble bees and there are also dragon flies, damsel flies and a wide variety of beetles.

“People have even seen water scorpions in our pond - they are hard to find but look remarkably like scorpions and have tails which stick out of the water like a snorkel.

“It’s a nice time of year to come and see insects - autumn is also good.”

E-mail jupiterranger@swt.org.uk or call (01324) 486475 for more information.

‘Insects and Spiders’ is the ninth in our series of Disney encyclopedias. Readers can pick up a copy for just £2.99 by collecting the token printed on page 22 of this week’s Herald and taking it to a participating newsagent.

You can buy any volumes that you may have missed by e-mailing csu@jpress.co.uk or calling 0800 328 4252.