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Glingbobs and Tootflits

With keen eyes and a few clues as you see the signs of their habitation – you may be lucky enough to meet one of the Glingbobs and Tootflits who have made the wood their home.

The Glingbob is part woodlouse and part bumble bee. It lives on the forest floor and its home is always found at the base of a dead or dying tree. The Tootflit on the other hand is part dragonfly and part weevil and can fly and so inhabits the woodland canopy.

They are very sociable creatures, but are very shy and wary of us. However if you keep your eyes open you hopefully will spot a wooden door in the trunk of a dead oak, or the glint of a small stained glass window high up among the branches.  What you may not see are the creatures themselves they are there – but they are very shy, but will no doubt be watching nearby.

Kids discover the hidden surprises

This unique circular sculpture trail was designed and installed, by wood sculpture Robin Wood and hopes to provide an exciting set of discoveries for families and young people.

The ethos of the sculpture trail and the idea behind the Tootflits and Glingbobs is that these creatures live amongst the trees and are rarely, if ever, seen by humans and they use only what is within the wood to live (for furniture, games, food etc). The creatures are based on woodland insects, with one living high up in the trees and the other living nearer the forest floor. 

► Download our Glingbobs and Tootflits leaflet (PDF, 1.7MB)
► Download a Glingbobs and Tootflits poem (PDF, 0.6MB)