Wildlife Watch goes from strength to strength

by | 12 September 2017 | Community Event, Community Focus, Retford, Wildlife, Worksop

Wildlife Watch, The Wildlife Trusts’ wonderful nature club for families and young wildlife enthusiasts between the ages of eight and 13 is going from strength to strength in Nottinghamshire. A new group is now based at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s own Idle Valley Nature Reserve just outside Retford. These are great additions, giving more Nottinghamshire families the opportunity to enjoy a range of wildlife themed activities in a safe and inspiring setting each month.

The new Idle Valley Wildlife Watch Group holds monthly sessions on the third Saturday each month near Retford, with a variety of activities including learning to light a camp fire safely to cook over it and den building. The Reserve has a specially sectioned off woodland area for the sessions where woodland bush craft skills can be learnt, such as learning to use tools safely to make wooden pendants and crafts such as clay and natural woodland finds (moss and twigs etc) to form green men on trees.

Georgia Widdowson aged six said, “I like wildlife club because it’s fun and you learn about nature. I liked the one where we made flowers to feed butterflies.”

As well as regular monthly sessions, Wildlife Watch membership, with its own colourful and stimulating magazine, is available as part of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Family Membership Package. Family Members receive a magazine and the Wildlife What’s On Events Guide, but named children within the family also get their own magazine packed with articles about wildlife and fun activities to try at home.

Forthcoming Events

  • 16th September — Autumn Harvest: fruits, berries and what feeds on them
  • 21st October — Hunting Owls: owl pellets and a visit from some owls
  • 18th November — Hidden Mammals: with some small mammal trapping
  • 16th December — Christmas is for Birds. Children will be able to mak Christmas themed bird feeders
  • 20th January 2018 — Winter Wonders
  • Later in 2018 there will be themes around migrating birds and lambing.

If you’d like to find out more about all of the Wildlife Watch Groups visit www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/where-you-live. To book a place on any of the above events please call Idle Valley direct on 01777 858245.
If you are interested in Family Membership of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, please call the Membership Team on 0115 958 8242 or email membership@nottswt.co.uk.

Forthcoming Holiday Club activities at Idle Valley

  • Wild Tots, 28th September
    10.30am – 11.30am
    Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Ages under two to five, £4.50
    Get your little one out in the great outdoors. Messy play and sensory activities all inspired by a wildlife focused story book. Outdoor clothing is essential. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children.
  • Wild Tots, 26th October
    10.30am – 11.30am
    Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Ages under two to five, £4.50
    Get your little one out in the great outdoors. Messy play and sensory activities all inspired by a wildlife focused story book. Outdoor clothing is essential. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children.
  • Wild Woodlands, 26th October
    10.30am – 2.00pm
    Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Ages Eight – 14, £12
    Join us for an exciting day of activities in our wild woods. You will learn how to light fires safely, build your own shelters and learn bushcraft skills. You will also get a chance to explore the wildlife in a woodland setting. Outdoor clothing and a packed lunch are essential. Parents and guardians are not required to attend. Book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Wild Play, 27th October
    10.30am – 12.00pm
    Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Ages Five and over, £6
    Become an Idle Valley wildlife explorer and take part in one of our wildlife experiences. In this session, we will be visiting our wild woodlands to make shelters and take part in various woodland crafts. Outdoor clothing is essential. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children.