Wetlands surrounding Scarborough are waiting to be explored as extra events are added to next month’s Heritage Open Days programme.
Under the collective title of Wetlands Ancient and Modern – interpreting the Carrs landscape, the additional events will all take place on Saturday September 8.
They form part of Heritage Open Days, which are organised by Scarborough Museums Trust in a bid to raise public awareness of the town’s architectural, historical and cultural heritage.
One of the extra events is landscape history guided walk, during which Scarborough Council’s wetland project officer Tim Burkinshaw will take participants on a journey through Scarborough’s wetland heritage.
He will explain the origin of the black peat soils at Flixton, explore the natural history of the wetland ditches and ponds, and observe an active archaeological dig during the session which runs from 9.30 to 10.30am and again 12pm to 1pm.
A second event, Children’s discovery activities – Wetland soils and minibeasts, will be led by Helen Percival, Scarborough Council community engagement officer, and Bob Briggs of the Discover Filey Project. The Discover Filey tipi will be on site with microscopes to get close up and personal with wetland nature. There’ll be a range of guided activities including studying soils, mini-beast hunting and pond dipping. Children must be accompanied during the events which run from 9.30 to 10.30am and 12 to 1pm.
Finally a visit to Flixton Island archaeological dig gives a rare opportunity to observe an ongoing scientific investigation at this important Mesolithic site. Vistors can meet the archaeologists conducting the dig, observe work in progress and find out why this site is so important to understanding the environment in the Stone Age. The event runs from 10.30 to 11.15am and 1pm to 1.45pm.
The meeting point for all the events is Flixton Bridge.
Tim Burkinshaw says: “This is a rare opportunity for the public to get guided access to this area which is nationally important both environmentally and archeologically.”