spookyDouble, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

We are pleased to report that no-one on our recent Spooky Species for Halloween guided walks thought our species were spooky!

We looked at many of the species from the witches’ spell (from Macbeth), including eye of toad (we had a live toad rescued from a roadside gullypot), stuffed and flat bats to sample the ‘wool of bat’, adder’s fork (stuffed, with a shed skin), owlets’ wings and pellets and, for the grand finale, Hugo and Tibo, the very friendly rats! We also used the bat detector to listen to Pipistrelle bats as they hunted by the Tay.

Matilda, an adult who brought along her two girls said ‘What froggy fun! Thanks again for a great spooky night!