Dino days at the Gorges are roaring success

PUBLISHED: 16:47 18 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:47 18 August 2015

Dinosaur making session at Chafford Gorges. Ronnie Street and Jake Norrington both 5 pretending to be scared upon seeing a dinosaur

Dinosaur making session at Chafford Gorges. Ronnie Street and Jake Norrington both 5 pretending to be scared upon seeing a dinosaur


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Children discovered dinosaur bones at Chafford Gorges Nature Park as part of a programme of summer holiday events.

They became dinosaur detectives, solving the trail’s clues and also used their creative skills in an arts and crafts session when they painted their own dinosaurs and fossils to take home.

Education and community officer Andrew Sidders, who is based at the nature park’s visitor centre and organises the children’s activities, said the event was a great success.

“We gave the children a set of clues such as: ‘How tall was a T-Rex?’ and once they solved them they would find dinosaur bones which we had made out of expanding foam and carved into shape.

“It was fully booked, we had a total of 27 boys and girls aged four to 12. It was fun and educational. For example they learnt that 23 species of dinosaurs lived in in Essex, did their own fossil hunt and also painted their own plaster of Paris T-Rex, stegosaurus or triceratops and fossils,” said Andy.

The dinosaur theme is especially topical with the release of the film Jurassic World. In fact the film’s trailer features a mosasaurus eating a dead great white shark and a mosasaurus’s lower jaw bone was discoverd in the Gorges in the early 19th century.

To find out about other Essex Wildlife Trust events at the Gorges during the holidays visit go to

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