Every child wild!

It’s freezing and wet but our Nature Tots are out in force, wearing their wellies for a splash through the puddles while they collect catkins, leaves and feathers to stick on a picture. They are loving the freedom of being outside. A week later at St Mary & St Benedict Catholic Primary School in Hillfields, inner… Continue reading Every child wild!

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Show the love this Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Day show your love for nature too! Be part of an annual celebration of all that we love in our natural world. Wear a green heart on 14th February to show what you want to protect from climate change. The idea is that wearing a green heart is a good way to start… Continue reading Show the love this Valentine’s Day!

Wintry wonders

Wrap up for a chilly, wintry walk and become a wildlife detective this winter. Spot tracks and signs and work out which animal left them! Print off a spotter sheet, pull on your wellies and find a path to look for prints. As we’ve already had some seasonal snow then prints will be easy to… Continue reading Wintry wonders

Hibernation, migration and creating habitation

As winter approaches hibernation beckons for many animals such as hedgehogs and hazel dormice, but did you know many insects, including ladybirds, hibernate too? Ladybirds may cluster together to hibernate over winter, finding natural places like under the bark of trees or hollow plant stems. Others choose to head into our homes, gathering in groups… Continue reading Hibernation, migration and creating habitation

Small things!

“If a mite that lives on a snail is called a snail mite…” says TV presenter and wildlife expert Nick Baker to a group of school children. “What do you call a mite that lives on a slug?” The pupils at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School are hanging onto his every word, enthralled to find… Continue reading Small things!

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Autumn delights, remembering rarities and shiny treasures

It’s time for fantastic fungi, stunning autumn leaf colour and bushes strewn with a profusion of nuts and berries. Get out and enjoy nature’s splendour, stomp through crunchy fallen leaves and inspire kids to become autumn tree and leaf detectives. Take a spotter sheet and identify fallen leaves and discover which nuts and seeds come… Continue reading Autumn delights, remembering rarities and shiny treasures

Teenagers tune into the natural world!

Wearing camouflage with faces blackened by charcoal, a group of teenagers is huddled over a map of Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve in preparation for a survival game. The aim is to get from one side of the reserve to the other to track down another group. Neither wants to be seen or heard by the… Continue reading Teenagers tune into the natural world!

Autumn days when the grass is jewelled!

Dew-covered lawns sparkle in the early autumn mornings and cobwebs shimmer. These droplets are caused by condensation - when surfaces like the lawn, car roofs or railings cool, moisture condenses out of the atmosphere faster than it can evaporate. A simple scientific explanation for a beautiful natural effect! Dew settled on webs lets you appreciate… Continue reading Autumn days when the grass is jewelled!

Your wild summer! Water voles, wily wasps and wooing wildlife!

Watching for water voles Water voles are the chubby, endearing but elusive mammals of our wetlands and waterways. Back in 1908 the most famous water vole appeared in the tale Wind in the Willows, but did you realise the character Ratty was actually a water vole? To tell one apart from a rat look for… Continue reading Your wild summer! Water voles, wily wasps and wooing wildlife!

Celebrating our school nature clubs!

We're on our way to a bird hide with a group of children from our school Nature Clubs, who are celebrating the end of term before their summer holidays with a day out at Brandon Marsh. Examining the shells from some freshwater mussels which had been a tasty meal for a mammal, when asked to… Continue reading Celebrating our school nature clubs!