See the stars in Barnstaple

15:03 03 April 2014

Jo Pullin and Ian Merrett from Devon Wildlife Trust launch the new Seeing Stars starfish trail at Barnstaple Museum.

Jo Pullin and Ian Merrett from Devon Wildlife Trust launch the new Seeing Stars starfish trail at Barnstaple Museum.

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Join the great starfish hunt with the new Seeing Stars Trail in Barnstaple

SOME real star power is coming to Barnstaple this Saturday and for the next five weeks thanks to local school children who have helped create the towns’ first starfish trail.

Six local primary schools have come together to assist in the launch of Devon Wildlife Trust’s Seeing Stars campaign to report starfish sightings along the coast, and have created Barnstaple’s very own Seeing Stars Trail.

Through the use of different materials, a collection of starfish have been created, 12 of which have been hidden throughout shops and venues in the town centre.

The trail will be launched on Saturday, and you can now pick up a trail sheet at each venue to match each starfish with its correct location, or vote for your favourite starfish- the most popular creation winning a wildlife day for their school.

Sheets can then be handed in at Barnstaple Museum for the chance to win a wildlife themed prize.

The Seeing Stars Campaign hopes to bring a splash of colour to Barnstaple in the run up to Devon Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Festival on May 10.

“We’re delighted to be returning to Barnstaple. Local people here always show their support for us and their passion for Devon’s wildlife,” said Devon Wildlife Trust organiser Jo Pullin,

“The festival is about getting hands on and doing things for local wildlife – people can make a nest box or wildflower seed ‘bombs’ for their garden.

“We especially want people to come and help us celebrate their marine natural heritage. The Seeing Stars Trail leading up the festival is a big part of that. The trail is a bit of fun but it also demonstrates the wide community support we’re getting for this event from local businesses and families.”

Throughout the spring and summer, the trust will be holding starfish-themed events on the coast and asking beach-goers to send in their sightings of the four most common Devon starfish, common, spiny and bloody Henry starfish and the cushion star.

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