Going wild for summer holidays

Monday 25th July 2016

Bug hunting (c) Debs Richardson BullBug hunting (c) Debs Richardson Bull

School’s out and staff from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust are raring to go wild!

Worcestershire’s largest conservation charity will be out and about at venues across the county to encourage families to discover the weird and wonderful wildlife on their doorsteps. With trails, bug hunts, pond dipping, crafts and more, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Hannah Thomas, engagement officer for the Trust and organiser of the activities, explained “The long-awaited summer holidays are finally here and we’ve got a packed programme of events to help Worcestershire’s families get out and about.

“There is so much wildlife around us but we’re often so busy that we fail to notice what’s going on under our noses. Our events offer the chance to soak up the wonders of our natural environment while having fun finding out a little more about wildlife.”

Nose-to-nose with wildlife

Summer holidays bug huntingThe events are a mix of bookable and drop-in sessions including activities such as minibeast hunting, pond dipping, getting nose-to-nose with wildlife under a microscope, discovering nature’s colours and indentifying tracks and signs of wildlife.

As well as hosting events at the charity’s headquarters, Lower Smite Farm, between Worcester and Droitwich Spa, the Trust are also taking part in National Play Day at the Lickey Hills, exploring the wildlife of Spetchley Gardens, discovering more about water voles at Bromsgrove’s Sanders Park, celebrating wildlife of Malvern’s Priory Park and investigating the wildlife of Worcester’s Gheluvelt Park and Worcester Woods.

Hannah continued “Our events are a great opportunity to have some screen-free time. So many of us spend time behind screens that we forget there’s a wonderful world out there to explore.

“We’re really looking forward to helping families explore our wildlife; our events are really popular and we have as much fun as the participants!”

Events that take place in parks around the county offer free activities (athough donations are welcome) whereas booking is essential on many of the other events. Click on the links below for more information about each event:

Wed 27th July, 10am-2pm – Wild About Upton Warren (between Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa). £3.50 per child, booking essential 01905 754919.

Fri 29th July, 11am-3pm – Pond dipping at Croome (nr Pershore). National Trust admission applies, £1 per net hire.

Tue 2nd August, 11am-3pm – Wild about Malvern, Priory Park. Drop-in activities (bug hunting, spotter sheets, making bees, minibeast trail). Activities free but donations welcome.

Wed 3rd August, 11am-3pm – National Play Day at Lickey Hills. Drop-in activities (pond dipping, spotted sheets, dragonfly making, bug hotel making, bug hunting). Activities free but donations welcome.

Thur 4th August, 2-4pm – Wildlife of Spetchley Gardens. Bug hunts, looking into tree top canopy, games. £5 per child, booking essential 07787 784304.

Tue 9th August, 11am-3pm – Wild about Worcester Woods. Drop-in activities (woodland minibeast trail, wildlife spotting sheets, bug hunting, bee making, bee hotel making, bugs under microscopes). Free activities but donations welcome.

Summer campfire (c) Debs Richardson BullWed 10th August, 2-4pm – The Great Wild Expedition at Lower Smite Farm (between Worcester and Droitwich Spa). Exploring wildlife tracks and signs to the wood where participants will make campfires and shelters. £3.50 per child, booking essential 01905 754919

Thur 11th August, 2-4pm – Wildlife of Spetchley Gardens. Bug hunts, looking into tree top canopy, games. £5 per child, booking essential 07787 784304.

Wed 17th Aug, 2-4pm – Flying Feats & Smelly Feet at Lower Smite Farm (between Worcester & Droitwich Spa). Fun things that fly – go on a bee hunt, waggle dance, pollination games, what caterpillars need to survive. £3.50 per child, booking essential 01905 754919

Thur 18th August, 2-4pm – Wildlife of Spetchley Gardens. Bug hunts, looking into tree top canopy, games. £5 per child, booking essential 07787 784304.

Fri 19th August, 11am-3pm – Wild about Sanders Park, Bromsgrove. Stream dipping, being a river range, wildlife trail, water voles. Drop-in free activities (donations welcome).

Tue 23rd August, 11am-3pm – Wild about Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. With City Council, the Trust’s Wild Worcester project and the Duckworth Worcester Trust....make bee hotels and bees, bug hunts, pond dipping, follow a wildlife trail, get closer to bugs under a microscope. Drop-in, free activities (donations welcome).

Wed 24th August, 2-4pm – Nature’s Kaleidoscope at Lower Smite Farm (between Worcester and Droitwich Spa). Discover colour in nature, get arty and create a natural colour palette, discover camouflage. £3.50 per child, booking essential 01905 754919

Thur 25th August, 2-4pm – Wildlife of Spetchley Gardens. Bug hunts, looking into tree top canopy, games. £5 per child, booking essential 07787 784304.

Wed 31st August, 2-4pm – Don’t Bug Me! At Lower Smite Farm (between Worcester and Droitwich Spa). Discover woodland and orchard minibeasts, play games, look at minibeast adpations & make your own minibeast. £3.50 per child, booking essential 01905 754919.

Thur 1st September, 2-4pm – Wildlife of Spetchley Gardens. Bug hunts, looking into tree top canopy, games. £5 per child, booking essential 07787 784304.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust inspires more than 3000 children each year through their holiday activities, events and work with schools.
 

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