Join Family Watch!

Family Watch is an exciting way to explore your surroundings and get closer to the wildlife you share it with!

Child reading Wildlife Watch handbook

Find out more about Family Watch memberships.

Family events

We run lots of great family events throughout the year during school holidays.

Win our Hedgehog Award

Hedgehog Award

Earn eight stickers on your hedgehog award card to claim your Hedgehog Award certificate. Details and award cards are available from staff at our visitor centres:

 

Alternatively, you can sign up on the Wildlife Watch website to complete the award online.

Things to do on a Nature Reserve

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Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Child flying a kite. Photo by Cliff Hide.Child flying a kite. Photo by Cliff Hide.

There are lots of things you can do on a Nature Reserve - here are some of our favourites.

Child using a sweep net. Photo by Ric Mellis

Become a wildlife detective. 

See how many different birds, butterflies and plants you can find! Download spotting sheets from the Wildlife Watch website.

Top tip: Be as quiet and still as possible, look all around you and listen for bird song.

Play Pooh Sticks. 

Find a bridge over a river or stream. Let each player find a stick - look around on the ground to find one. Once each player has chosen a stick, the players line up along the bridge and someone shouts "Go!" Drop your stick into the river and then run to the other side of the bridge. The first stick to pass under the bridge wins!

Top tip: Why not decorate your stick with a leaf or some grass?

Take a bark rubbing. 

Press a sheet of paper against a tree. Use charcoal or a soft pencil and rub it all over the paper until you can see the pattern of the bark. 

Top tip: Try different kinds of trees, and see how many different kinds of rubbings you can take! 

Make a 'pooter' and discover minibeasts.

Before you set out, why not make a pooter to take with you? A pooter is a great way to get closer to minibeasts. Download our 'make a pooter' activity sheet.

Top tip: Use a minibeast identification chart to work out what you've caught.  

Have a picnic.

Take a cool box filled with finger foods such as sandwiches and fruit. Use one of the picnic benches, or find a nice spot with a view and spread out a blanket to sit on. 

Top tip: Freeze some bottles of water to take with you. They will help keep your food cold during the trip and will provide a supply of cold water during your visit. 

Need more ideas?

Sign up for our Family Fun e-newsletter and get ideas of things to do at home and in the garden, family fun days during school holidays and fun facts about wildlife. 

 

 

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