Bugtopia is ready to open at Rutland Water

The new Bugtopia zoo at Rutland Water. Joe Mordawska with a bird-eating spider. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-19-05-15-aw004 EMN-150519-162706001

The new Bugtopia zoo at Rutland Water. Joe Mordawska with a bird-eating spider. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-19-05-15-aw004 EMN-150519-162706001

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A new zoo featuring scaly lizards, colourful birds and huge creepy crawlies will open at Rutland Water this weekend.

Bugtopia, at the reservoir’s Skyes Lane entrance, will welcome visitors from 10am on Saturday.

The new Bugtopia zoo at Rutland Water. One of the lizards shows its frills. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-19-05-15-aw003 EMN-150519-162655001

The new Bugtopia zoo at Rutland Water. One of the lizards shows its frills. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-19-05-15-aw003 EMN-150519-162655001

Owners Joe Mordawska and Natalie Matts hope to educate youngsters and adults alike about the value of conservation.

Joe said: “We’re trying to teach kids and adults about conservation, ecology and biodiversity so they understand what’s going on in the world.”

People will be able to get up close and hands on with the animals in hourly sessions.

Admission is £7. Bugtopia will open 10am to 5pm, seven days a week except Christmas Day.