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BBC Springwatch Dirty Weekend - Wonderful Worms and Fearsome Faces

With Tom Henry, Countryside Ranger for Nithsdale

These fun family workshops are part of a series of events held at Dumfries Museum throughout 2009 to celebrate the work of Charles Darwin.

Worms are fascinating! The African giant earthworm measures 7 meters (22 feet) long. Worms cannot see or hear. Scientists have found fossil worm casts that are 600 million years old – that’s twice as old as the dinosaurs. They are mostly muscle – if they weighed the same as a man they would be 1,000 times stronger!

Using the museum grounds as a source for inspiration, worms and mud, Countryside Ranger for Nithsdale, Tom Henry, will lead the search for these essential friends of the earth. Come along and discover the fascinating world hidden beneath the grass, and decorate the trees in the museum grounds with fearsome mud faces.

A BBC Springwatch Dirty Weekend event.

Please wear old clothes – the workshops will be messy!

Both workshops are free. Booking is essential, please phone 01387 253375 to reserve a place. All children should be accompanied by an adult.