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Northern Ireland’s only giant LEGO® brick wetland animal trail returns to Castle Espie

Posted on 04 Mar 2020

Back by popular demand, Northern Ireland’s only giant LEGO® brick wetland animal trail returns to WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre in Comber, Co. Down from the 29th February to 19th April.

Exclusively designed for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) a total of 253,728 LEGO® bricks and 1561 hours were used to bring 14 specially designed LEGO® brick models to life.

The giant animals, some up to twelve times life size, include Bruce the Red Breasted Goose; Lottie the Otter and Natalie the Nene and can be found hiding amongst our beautiful wetlands alongside some of their real-life cousins.

Speaking about the return of the giant LEGO® brick wetland animal trail to Castle Espie, Paul Stewart, Centre Manager said;

“We’re delighted to welcome back this popular WWT trail to Castle Espie. Using the world’s most popular toy is a great way to encourage children to spend more time in the outdoors, learning about wetlands and their wildlife.”

“We have lost 87% of our wetlands worldwide, disappearing 3 times faster than forests with much of the wildlife that depends on them under threat. The trail plays an important role in raising awareness of wetland conservation and some of the animals that WWT helps to protect, such as the world’s rarest goose, the Nene, which can be found in the collection area at Castle Espie and which our founder, Sir Peter Scott, fought to save from extinction.”

“At Castle Espie we take pride in providing the opportunity for children to enjoy getting up-close-and-personal to some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife in an engaging and fun way, in the hope of inspiring future generations to continue caring for nature.”

As well as the trail, visitors over 4 years old can take part in our unique and popular interactive LEGO® brick workshops, perfect for LEGO fans – young and old!

LEGO® brick workshops take place every weekend between 29 Feb and 5 April, and every day during the Easter school holidays (Mon 6 to Sun 19 April), starting at 12 noon and 2 pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available to purchase online at wwt.org.uk/castleespie

For further information about the giant LEGO® brick animal trail and workshops visit wwt.org.uk/castleespie or contact the Centre at 028 9187 4146.

Media Enquiries

For further information please contact Sarah Fisher, Marketing and Communications Manager: Sarah.Fisher@wwt.org.uk | 028 91 875975