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Copepod Puppets from Plastics Workshop

There was a hive of activity in SpArt, Chagford on the weekend of 29th-30th June as 50 people aged from 5-80 took part in our free copepod puppet making workshop hosted by Proper Job and in collaboration with internationally renowned puppeteer William Todd-Jones.

Attendees learned about these fascinating creatures from leading marine biologist Dr Ceri Lewis from Exeter University and the huge importance they play in our marine food chain. They learned how to make automata/electronic peg-pod puppets, incorporating waste plastics and highlighting the problem of plastics in our oceans.

The children also enjoyed a surprise visit from an ambassador of the sea – ‘Nettlecatfish’, a wise puppet created by Todd-Jones, quite a highlight!

Every child helped to create our Mega- Copepod by writing their hopes for the future of our planet and oceans on strips of waste plastic that were tied on to create Mega-pod setae (hairs). One child wrote: “Climate change is more important than politics!”

With huge thanks to all the wonderful and extremely patient volunteers and parents, without whose help this workshop would not have happened.

Come and see our amazing copepods at Chagstock and Moreton Carnival this summer!