Help needed for Wyre children's wildlife group

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Wyre Forest Wildlife WatchWyre Forest Wildlife Watch

A popular group for children is looking for more people to help run the monthly sessions.

Wyre Forest Wildlife Watch, which turned 30 last year, is on the hunt for new volunteers to help provide fun ways to engage young people with their local environment and wildlife. The group meets on the second Sunday of each month at the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre between Stourport and Bewdley.

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and is one of the UK’s leading environmental clubs for young people. Worcestershire Wildlife Trust has almost 3000 members across the county.

Wyre Watch bird ringingChris Doncaster, one of the leaders of the group, explained “From simple activities like following a bee or catching a leaf to learning survival skills or discovering the science behind ringing a bird, our group gets involved with all sorts of exciting things.

“Membership of the group is fun and stimulating – we run lots of activities, primarily for young people aged eight to 14 although younger members are welcome by arrangement. We’re just entering our 31st year as a group and are looking for a couple more adults to help us to deliver our activities each month.”

Getting closer to nature

The group is run by volunteers and new helpers will assist with at least two leaders and other helpers at each session. Activities may include bug hunting, pond dipping, crafts and games.

Volunteer helpers will enable local families to get closer to nature and the wildlife on their doorsteps; inspiring a deep-rooted love for our natural world and having a lot of fun along the way!

Potential volunteers should be enthusiastic about wildlife, although they do not need to be experts, and be able to communicate and inspire others.

Mary continued “It’s not just the kids that enjoy themselves – we adults have fun too! It’s really important to retain our connection with nature and the great outdoors and this is a great way to keep our own connection as well as helping to inspire it in others.

“Volunteers will have the support of the Wyre Forest Watch team and the staff at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. There will be the chance to experience a range of outdoor activities as well as to learn new skills.”

Wyre Forest Wildlife Watch was awarded Highly Commended in the national Watch Group of the Year 2016 awards.

To find out more about what being a helper at Wyre Forest Watch Group entails, email Rae Howard-Louvaine or call her on 01905 754919.  Alternatively, visit our Volunteering Opportunities page.

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