Pictures: Children search for pixies and fairies at Chafford Gorges Nature Park
PUBLISHED: 14:55 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:03 21 August 2014
A group of Chafford Hundred children went on a mythical trip to find some secretive guests of the Chafford Gorges Nature Park.
Pixies and fairies
Chloe Fortis-Wells, 10, making a pixie home at Chafford Hundred Gorge's Pixies and Fairies event.
Bailigh Fortis-Wells, 6, making a pixie home at Chafford Hundred Gorge's Pixies and Fairies event.
Chloe Fortis-Wells, 10, and her brother Bailigh Fortis-Wells, 6, making a pixie home at Chafford Hundred Gorge's Pixies and Fairies event
Megan Keeling having her arm painted at Chafford Hundred Gorge's Pixies and Fairies event
Olivia Ward, 5, having her arm painted at Chafford Hundred Gorge's Pixies and Fairies event.
The pixie and fairy village
A toadstool in the pixie and fairy village
The event, which is now in its second year, saw children pick up a map and hit a winding educational trail in search of pixies and fairies who have made the reserve their home.
At the end of the trail, the children had their faces painted and made wands out of willow branches.
They also got the chance to build their very own miniature magical home, complete with leaves, moss and lavender to encourage some seldom-seen visitors to their own gardens.
Chafford Gorges Nature Park education and community officer Andrew Sidders said: “Everybody who took part loved it. We’ve only been doing it for the past few years, but every time we do the sessions are fully booked. It’s a great way to get people to experience the reserve and see all the sights and animals, as well as feed the birds.”
Andrew said there are plans to expand the popular activity to a full day next year.
A a bug hunting event will run from 10am to 11.30am on August 26.
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