This page contains a full list of all the amazing entries for this year’s trail. There is so much imagination and creativity around. Enjoy!
To vote for your favourite use the link above. Voting closes at Midnight on Saturday 24th July.
A Google Map of the locations has been provided to help you find the displays and plan your route(s) around them all.
If you have any issues with the Google Map or you prefer a more traditional way of navigating around the displays you can also download the trail guide. Printed copies (for those who do not have Internet Access ONLY) can be collected from the Community Shop.
When visiting the displays it is worth noting that quite a lot of them have very intricate elements that will require close scrutiny on foot to get the most from the visit.
The Three Graces
‘Flamingos stand on one leg to avoid muscular fatigue. They are in fact more stable for long periods of time on one leg than they are on two! You would think therefore that ballet is the perfect dance for them. The Janis Anderson School of Dancing has been working ever so hard on these three beauties to develop these impressive skills.
The word ‘flamingo’ comes from the Latin and Spanish for ‘fire’ referring to their bright pink feathers. Did you know that when a flamingo chick is born, it isn’t pink at all? In fact, it’s a dull grey colour. The familiar pink colour comes from their diet. Their natural diet would consist of mainly algae, shrimp and plankton. All these have what they call ‘carotenoid’ (the same pigment which makes carrots orange). It’s this pigment, or colouring, that turns flamingos pink.
We’re going on a bug hunt
Our nursery bugs!
“A Rare Specimen”
“Born Free”. This specimen has had a lucky escape from being in captivity. Made from recycled materials.
I am a Mole and I live in a hole
I eat 50g of worms each day. When my long sensitive whiskers sense a worm in my tunnel I run to eat it or paralize it with saliva, storing it in my underground larder. I can dig up to 20 metres of tunnel in a day using my forepaws like a spade, pushing the soil up to the surface every now and again to make a molehill. My velvety coat lies in either direction to help move easily through the soil.
The green anaconda is a semi aquatic snake found in the swamps and rivers of tropical South America. When taking into account both weight and length, the green anaconda is the largest snake in the world, growing up to 9m long and weighing as much as 227kg. The green anaconda is a member of a family of snakes called constrictors. They are not venomous and instead squeeze their prey to death. Stretchy ligaments allow it to open it’s mouth wide enough to swallow prey whole. Prey include large fish, rodents, caiman, wild pigs, small deer and even jaguars!
Consider the Birds
The robin is officially our national bird. They are one of the 2-3 birds that sing throughout the winter. Robins are famously unfussy when it comes to building their nests: plant pots in the shed, peg bags, abandoned kettles, rolls of wire, on a bedroom pelmet, in an unmade bed, in the pigeon hole of a desk, in the pocket of a gardener’s jacket, under the bonnet of a sports car, in the engine to a fighter plane and in the hole made by cannon fire in the mast on which Nelson was leaning when he received his fatal wound.
Sloths have become one of the world’s most beloved tree-hugging mammals. They are the undisputed pull-up world champions weighing in at three times stronger than us humans. From the moment they’re born, they’re able to lift their entire body weight with just one arm! On average, however, a sloth will fall out of a tree once a week for its entire life. Sloths are famous for their bizarre bathroom habits – they will only relieve themselves once a week and can lose up to a third of their body weight in one sitting. Martin and Jane are definitely hoping that this little guy won’t still be hanging around their front lawn when that event takes place!
King of the Jungle
In rememberance of baby Azayla Diamond Cain
Geraldine is a giraffe. Her neck is too short to reach the ground so she has to spread her front legs to get low enough to drinnk. She does, however, have the enviable ability of being able to sleep standing up!
Love our Zoo – Protect Chester Zoo
All animals big and small are so special that’s why Chester zoo and all the keepers are massively important for protecting them. Chester zoo look after 35,000 animals every day. We love our Zoo and the work they do.
This is the Serpent who guarded the Tree of Knowledge and tempted Eve to eat the Forbidden Fruit
All insects help to pollinate.
Butterflies have ultra violet pigments in their wing colours.
The yellow liquid ladybirds secrete is toxic to predators.
A soon to be six-year-old Blue Heeler puppy who is characterised by her abundance of energy, imagination and curiosity of the world. The young dog lives with her father, Bandit; mother, Chilli; and younger sibling, Bingo.
Shall we Dance
The Leopard and the Bengal Tiger, both solitary cats so not likely to dance. They come from India and Nepal. Both are Endangered Species. They are poached for their pelts and parts of their anatomy for Chinese medicine. This is rubbish of course. The governments are doing what they can to protect these animals. We hope that they do not become extinct.
They think they are a king and queen and sit on a throne and eat chicken
Pink Panther and Sons
The Pink Panther is a fictional, animated character who appeared in the opening and closing credit sequences in a number of 1960s films about a bumbling Police Inspector and a much valued diamond called The Pink Panther. In the 1980s a series of cartoons were created for TV in which the Pink Panther is portrayed as a sly, sneaky animal who enjoys playing unkind tricks on others. He has 2 sons, Pinky, a pre-teenager and a cute toddler Panky who both appear in the cartoons with him.
Hanging Around – Post Lockdown
We love one of our animals and we loath the other. They live alongside each other in their natural habitat, so how can people’s attitude towards them be so different. Let’s forget our own feelings for a short while and let’s marvel in the fact that they still exist in our world and be glad of it. Oh, another thing is that there’s a familiar character keeping an eye on things. He’ll be pleased to see you!
A group of penguins in the water is called a raft but on land they’re called a waddle, male penguins gift female penguins with rocks in order to woo them, According to animal experts, the penguin is one of the most streamlined animals in the world, penguins evolved to fly underwater.
Big Blue Whale
Blue whales have tongues that are the weight of an elephant. Blue whales live for up to eighty years. Blue whales are the loudest animals on Earth. A blue whale’s heart is the size of a car. Orca whales team up to fight blue whales. The World Wildlife Foundation opposes whale hunting. The following countries hunt whales: Japan, Iceland, South Korea, Canada, Norway, USA, Greenland. Pollution in our oceans poses a huge threat to blue whales.
“One’s Best Friend”
Some Corgi facts
The Queen grew up with Corgis and has owned more than 30.
The name Corgi means ‘Dwarf dog’ in Welsh: Cor=dwarf Gi=dog.
There are two types of Welsh Corgi, the Cardigan, which is over 3,000 years old and the Pembroke, which dates back to 1107 AD, when the Vikings or Flemish weavers brought them to Wales. They were originally used to herd animals.
According to Welsh legend, fairies and elves use Corgis to pull their carriages, or to ride them.