Above: ‘A Place for Play’, Barra Night Life 2019 at the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space, photo Maddi Nicholson

 

Outdoor adventures at Barra Night Life

 

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th August 2019

Over the bank holiday weekend our patience was rewarded when the sun eventually came out for Barra Night Life!

Adventurous families camped overnight in the meadow, whilst Maddi and Charlie served up healthy vegetarian food (and sausages for breakfast). Historian Iain McNicol helped us to understand the history, uses and myths surrounding plants in the allotment and told surprising stories around the campfire. Art Gene ecologist Eve Mulholland led us on bat walks into the darkness and trapped moths in order to help us understand more about the diversity of night flying insects on Walney Island. Artist in residence Hannah Brackston created an illuminated night garden art installation for us to explore when the sun went down, which highlighted woodland plants in new and bewitching ways.

We’d like to say thank you to everyone who came and made this such a special event. We hope to see you all again next year!

 

 

Above: Moth trap light installations by Hannah Brackston, photo Maddi Nicholson 

 

Above: Historian Iain McNicol leads a wildflower tour around the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space, photo Eve Mulholland 

 

Light installation by Hannah Brackston, photo Anna Litchfield

 

Above: Opening the moth traps, photo Maddi Nicholson
Below: Moth trapping, photo Anna Litchfield

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