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Get a Wriggle on to Oriel y Parc’s worm exhibition

A new exhibition at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre will offer you the chance to uncover worms of all shapes and sizes, from the everyday earthworm to the extraordinary bone eating snot flower.

Wriggle: The Wonderful World of Worms, which will be on display at Oriel y Parc until 28 June, will offer the chance to discover the mind-blowing diversity of worms from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Exhibits include a spectacular model of a strawberry spaghetti worm.
Exhibits include a spectacular model of a strawberry spaghetti worm.

Supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the exhibition invites visitors to walk inside the amazing ‘Wriggloo’ and see life from a worm’s point of view. Wriggle down and explore an earthworm’s habitat and see what animals live alongside them.

As well as offering a chance to unearth information about worms from all over the world, the display will also include species from closer to home such as the tentacled lagoon worm. They have only been recorded in two places in Wales, both of which are in Pembrokeshire.

: Pictured at the Wriggle exhibition launch are (left to right) Claire Bates, Manager of Oriel y Parc; Sarah Beynon, The Bug Farm, Rod Williams, Friends of Oriel y Parc; Bira Semhi, Friends of Oriel y Parc and Deputy mayor of St Davids; James Parkin, National Park Authority Director of Director of Countryside, Community and Visitor Services and Sarah Sharpe, The Bug Farm, alongside some of the children that attended the event.
Pictured at the Wriggle exhibition launch are (left to right) Claire Bates, Manager of Oriel y Parc; Sarah Beynon, The Bug Farm, Rod Williams, Friends of Oriel y Parc; Bira Semhi, Friends of Oriel y Parc and Deputy mayor of St Davids; James Parkin, National Park Authority Director of Director of Countryside, Community and Visitor Services and Sarah Sharpe, The Bug Farm, alongside some of the children that attended the event.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chairman, Cllr Paul Harries said: “The National Park and surrounding waters are blessed with a variety of wonderful wildlife, and while we often see species such as seals and seabirds featured, Wriggle will put worms and other unsung underground heroes in the spotlight.

“The exhibition promises to be fun for the whole family, with fascinating facts, folktales and games based on worms and similar slithery species, in addition to the ‘Wriggloo’ experience.”

Dig deep: The 1st Johnston Beaver Scout Colony discover the wonderful world of worms at Oriel y Parc in St Davids.
Dig deep: The 1st Johnston Beaver Scout Colony discover the wonderful world of worms at Oriel y Parc in St Davids.

Ashley McAvoy, Touring Exhibitions Manager, Amgueddfa Cymru, added: “We’re delighted to display Wriggle exhibition at Oriel y Parc. Wriggle was hugely popular with families in Cardiff and more recently in Aberystwyth and I hope local visitors to St Davids also take the opportunity to enjoy this interactive exhibition seeing wonderful worms up close!”

Going underground: Experience the world from a worm’s view in the Wriggloo.
Going underground: Experience the world from a worm’s view in the Wriggloo.

Oriel y Parc is owned and run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and is the home of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire.

Wriggle: The Wonderful World of Worms will be on display at Oriel y Parc from 25 January until 28 June 2020. The gallery is open every day from 10am-4pm. Entry is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Government.

Published 30 January 2020


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