FAMILIES are invited to take part in two child-friendly nature days in Mary Stevens Park.

Community action group Wild About Stourbridge has organised the events - the first of which takes place on Friday August 23, from 11am to 3pm, and looks at the magical world of butterflies.

Attractions will include arts activities by Spare Room Arts in addition to butterfly fact finding trails and wildflower seed bomb making sessions to encourage the spread of plants which provide food for butterflies and pollinator insects.

The second event will take place on Friday August 30 and will have a ‘minibeasts’ theme.

Children and adults can learn more about bugs and take part in messy arts activities delivered by Spare Room Arts.

Hayley Guest, of Wild About Stourbridge, said: "We’re incredibly excited about these community days which are open to all. Thanks to the Friends of Mary Stevens Park, we’ve secured funding for the amazing Spare Room Arts group to attend on both days and we know children and grown ups will love what they do. The aim is to combine fun, engaging activities with learning about the natural world around us."

Hayley added: “We staged a similar event at Easter, where children had a chance to make bee hotels for their own gardens and take part in a nature trail in the park. It was a huge success and we know there’s an appetite for more and that’s why we’re running these two days in August."

Entry to both events is free, but organisers invite participants to make a voluntary donation of £2 per child.

Parents and guardians are required to remain with their children throughout.

Wild About Stourbridge was launched earlier this year by Stourbridge residents Hayley Guest, along with Kate Williamson-Smith and Mark Binnersley. Search on Facebook for Wild About Stourbridge to contact the group which aims is to raise awareness of wildlife on the doorstep and organise projects to help enhance local habitats through wildflower planting, litter-picking and other activities.