Nature Holiday Club

Our Nature Holiday Club began in August 2020 with the aim of engaging young people with nature, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 lockdown. The 4 week club followed the KS2 Programme of Study for Science, and allowed young people the opportunity to learn in an outdoor environment.

Activities included pond dipping, bug hunting, shore treasure searching, looking at moths, bird watching, reptile searching, lots of games and crafts.

It’s thought that learning outdoors also aids mental and physical health, as well as developing a love and appreciation for the outdoors. Each week the children will make something to take home, such a sunflower, a bee hotel and bird feeders (all made of recycled or waste materials), so they can continue their engagement with nature at home. We want to capture their young minds so enjoying wildlife becomes a part of their everyday life.

The club is run entirely outdoors, with a marquee base. We have been donated this marquee for the entire length of the club by Shade or Shelter! The club is run by our Assistant Warden, Becky Downey and trustee Sharon Irvine.

The club is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has received donations from Shade or Shelter, Discovery Park, Archer’s Low Nursery and RSPB WEX.

 

  • Looking at a Light Emerald moth

  • Looking at moths

  • Releasing a Poplar Hawk-moth

  • Releasing moths after identification

  • Bug hunting

  • Looking at a Grasshopper

  • Putting a Great Silver Diving Beetle back in the pond

  • Building bee hotels

  • Showing off the bugs we caught

  • Map reading in search of seashore treasure

  • We found some Razor Clam shells


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