A GROUP of girls from Prudhoe and Blyth enjoyed being nature detectives as part of an event set up by two North-East charities.

Children North East and Northumberland Wildlife Trust, which both receive support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, organised the bug hunt at Northumberlandia.

The girls, aged between 11 and 18, are part of the Your Future Matters programme – a mentoring project for young people run by Children North East in the Prudhoe and Blyth areas.

The Northumberlandia event was arranged in advance of a major partnership funding application by Children North East and the Wildlife Trust to the Dream Fund to help establish an eco-therapy support service for children and young people.

Staff from Northumberland Wildlife Trust helped the group find different species of dragonfly, spider, woodlouse and other insect life.

Your Future Matters co-ordinator with Children North East, Rebecca George, said: “The girls had a fantastic day.

“We had a picnic, went mini-beast hunting and the girls did some den building.”