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Big bugs and butterflies

30 May 2008

With summer fast approaching, the Ranger Service at Linlithgow Peel is encouraging young visitors and families to get back to nature with a special event. Butterfly Day and Big Bug Hunt is on Sunday 8 June, celebrating all the small creatures in the Peel that have emerged with the warmer weather.

Visitors to the event will have the chance to drop in and join in all sorts of family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon. Children can embark on a mini-beast safari to find all the creatures that live amongst the greenery at the Peel. There will be bug box building and top tips on how to make the garden more friendly for small wildlife such as ladybirds, butterflies and creepy-crawlies. There will also be a walk around the loch to spot butterflies followed by colourful art and craft activities.

Ian Lewis, Historic Scotland Ranger, said;

“The Peel has really come to life with all sorts of mini-creatures since the warmer weather has arrived, which is fantastic to see. This event is a really great opportunity for families to get together and discover all about the bugs and butterflies that live in their local area, and how to make their garden a bug-friendly environment.”

Butterfly Day and Big Bug Hunt is on Sunday 8 June from 13.00 to 16.00. This is a drop-in event and no booking is required. Visitors are advised to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. For further information please call the Ranger Service on 01506 842065. Information and directions will be posted in the Palace car park on the day of the event.

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  • The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace, set in the Royal Park or Peel beside Linlithgow Loch, are situated in Linlithgow, off the M9.
  • Tel: 01506 842896.  Admission: adult £5.20, child £2.60, concession £4.20.
  • Linlithgow Loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its large wildfowl population and abundance of wildlife.
  • Linlithgow Peel Rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of Rangers – there are also Ranger services at Holyrood Park and at the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney.
  • Every year, Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way. For details
  • Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from £38 a year.
  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. For details visit
  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763