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
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