Due to popular demand, Sussex Wildlife Trust is expanding its programme of monthly weekend groups for families to enjoy outdoor fun, explore and connect with the natural world across the county this spring.
Wildlife Watch Groups at: Brighton, Hailsham, Henfield and Rye offer children between the ages of 5-11 years old the chance to learn bushcraft skills from den building to campfire cooking, and woodcraft including whittling, sawing and drilling to create useful items such as bird feeders or insect homes from natural materials. At Rye Harbour, the Trust’s flagship coastal reserve, there will also be opportunities for bird watching and treasure hunts on the beach.
Nature Tots Groups at: Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Henfield, Horsham and Rye for children aged 3-5 give younger ones the chance for outdoor fun with activities themed around local wildlife and the changing seasons. There is plenty of art and craft using natural materials, stories, games, beach sculpture and a very popular mud café.
Sue Curnock, Nature Tots & Wildlife Watch Coordinator said: ‘By exploring the different habitats, learning ID and tracking skills, playing games, pond dipping, and mini beast hunting, the children will understand more about local wildlife and how to help it thrive. I hope by attending regularly over the months and getting ‘hands on’ with everything, parents and children will make a connection which grows into a shared life-long love of the natural world.’Why not give it a go? Sessions are open to all but are discounted for family members of Sussex Wildlife Trust. Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential.