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Published 16th Jun 2011

Minibeast at the ready with the Boro Becks team

Their cousins have put the jitters up countless celebrities on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!’

Now a number of not so cuddly tropical minibeasts are coming to Berwick Hills.

A Minibeast Roadshow is being held by the Boro Becks team at Berwick Hills allotments to celebrate all things that wriggle, buzz and crawl.

The free event will feature live tropical insects and animals including giant African land snails, giant millipedes, hissing cockroaches, scorpions, a blue tongue skink and tarantulas.

The beasts hail from across the world and will be brought to Middlesbrough by local business Animal Story.

Sammy Brown, project co-ordinator for the Boro Becks Team, said: “The Minibeast Roadshow is an excellent way for children to learn more about both the minibeasts on their doorstep and from further afield.

“Visitors will be able to handle the minibeasts and have a good look at these fascinating creatures very close up.

“We hope the roadshow will be a real hit for all the family – as long as people aren’t too scared!”

There will be bug hunts in the allotments, creepy crawly crafts, a climbing wall, competitions and more. Refreshments will be available.

Event information

The Minibeast Roadshow takes place on Sunday, June 26 from 10am to 4pm and will be held in the area by the sculptured gateway, off Bradhope Road and opposite Burnsall Road.

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Further information

For more information about the walks, please ring the Boro Becks Team on 01642 515618 or email

About the Boro Becks team

The Boro Becks team is a three year project run as a partnership between Middlesbrough Council, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency. The project is supported by Natural England through Access to Nature as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces Programme.

The team is working on a wide range of initiatives to help improve the environment of the becks and encourage more people to use the becks as enjoyable natural spaces.

Useful links

Boro Becks on facebook

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Boro Becks group on flickr

@BoroBecksTeam - Boro Becks on twitter

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