Go wild and fall in love with the outdoors all over again

Fall in love with your lo­cal wildlife this month says Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust’s Kate Tit­ford

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THE days are get­ting longer and spring is on the hori­zon.

Pull on your wellies and head out­side to re-dis­cover the wildlife on your doorstep. This month we’re go­ing ‘Wild at Heart’ and fall­ing in love with our lo­cal wildlife all over again.

This half-term come along to Col­lege Lake near Tring on 15 and 16 Fe­bru­ary and get cre­ative with sticks at our ‘Stick­tac­u­lar’ event. We’re go­ing back to ba­sics and hav­ing fun with sim­ple, nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als.

Find out why a stick is so much more than just a piece of wood. Make sure you book your place.

Use your imag­i­na­tion to cre­ate stick wands, photo frames and bird nests. See who can build the big­gest stick tower. Turn your stick into a staff and fol­low the trail through the woods. Dec­o­rate your staff with feath­ers, leaves and any­thing else that in­spires you. Then add to it each time you go out for a walk. Your staff will soon be­come a re­minder of all your wild ad­ven­tures.

Claire Gar­rity, Ed­u­ca­tion Man­ager for Bucks, says “Be in­spired by na­ture! We have plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties and ideas to kick start young minds to get cre­ative each time you head out for a walk.”

Take time to ex­plore the new in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits and dis­plays in the vis­i­tor cen­tre at Col­lege Lake, part of our Ge­ol­ogy Rocks ex­hi­bi­tion which cel­e­brates the fascinating his­tory of Col­lege Lake. Find out more about the time when Col­lege Lake was cov­ered by a warm, trop­i­cal sea. Be amazed by the fos­sils on dis­play which have all be found at the site, show­ing the dif­fer­ent an­i­mals that once called this area their home. Imag­ine shar­ing the re­serve with a woolly mam­moth or a lion!

Fol­low the Wild at Heart Na­ture Chal­lenge Trail and look out for early signs of spring. Pick up a copy from Col­lege Lake or down­load one from our web­site to print at home. Use the trail to ex­plore your gar­den, lo­cal town or head out to the coun­try­side to see what wildlife you can find. Lis­ten out for birds singing and look for early spring flow­ers. Send us your com­pleted trail sheets for a chance to win an adult and a child ticket to Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Grown-ups can join the fun too with our light-hearted, an­i­malthemed Wild at Heart quiz. Test your knowl­edge of songs and bands for a chance to win to re­turn train tick­ets with Great Western Rail­way.

Make the most of the longer days to get out­side and look for signs of spring this month. This is just the be­gin­ning for an­other year of ex­plor­ing our won­der­ful lo­cal wildlife!

Find out more about the Wild at Heart ac­tiv­i­ties and Ge­ol­ogy Rocks ex­hi­bi­tion, and book Stick­tac­u­lar at www.bbowt.org.uk.

Stick with it: Top, be in­spired by na­ture and get cre­ative with sticks at Stick­tac­u­lar. Above, Dis­cover the fascinating his­tory of Col­lege Lake with our new Ge­ol­ogy Rocks ex­hi­bi­tion

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