Make the most of wildlife

The Oban Times - - Outdoors -

THIS sum­mer RSPB Scot­land is of­fer­ing half-priced en­try at three of its re­serves: Loch Leven in Perth and Kin­ross, Loch Garten near Aviemore, and Lochwin­noch just out­side Glas­gow.

Chil­dren and fam­i­lies can set out on mini-beast sa­faris, dip into rock-pooling ses­sions and con­struct cafes for hedge­hogs.

Jasper Hamlet, a youth and fam­i­lies of­fi­cer for RSPB Scot­land, said: ‘Con­nect­ing to na­ture should be a key part of any child’s up­bring­ing, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing for them­selves what a worm feels like or learn­ing how a plant grows.

‘The coun­try’s wildlife and the habi­tats that they de­pend on will ben­e­fit too, as chil­dren who have ad­ven­tures out­doors, who feel, smell and ex­plore na­ture, and build up an emo­tional at­tach­ment to it, are much more likely to want to pro­tect and con­serve it in fu­ture.’

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