By Sue Curnock
Nature Tots and Wildlife Watch Co-ordinator
I am so excited that the number of Sussex Wildlife Trust’s wildlife and bushcraft groups for children aged from 3-11 years is growing again this spring. In March we are launching a new Wildlife Watch group for ages 5-8 at Chesworth Farm, Horsham, which brings the total number up to 16 across the county in Ardingly, Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Henfield, Horsham and Rye.
Our Wildlife Watch & Nature Tots groups are run by fully trained Forest School Leaders, providing a wonderful opportunity for families to experience and learn from nature in woodland, meadow and coastal habitats. Children will be encouraged to tackle a wide variety of hands-on outdoor activities, work co-operatively with others, and have an opportunity to gain a sense of achievement while developing social skills and boosting confidence.
Action-packed sessions are themed around the changing seasons and discovering how to help local wildlife thrive. Activities vary at each location and may include: Building a den or bridge; exploring the reserve and finding out all about the birds, animals and insects which live there; making a bird feeder; sawing, drilling and whittling; pond dipping, mini-beast discovery, preparing a snack around the campfire; craft activities using natural materials and strandline treasure hunts.
Booking is now open at:
• Ardingly, Standgrove Woods, Tuesdays
• Brighton, Stanmer Park, Fridays & Saturdays
• Crawley, Tilgate Park, Thursdays
• Eastbourne, Seven Sisters County Park, Wednesdays & Saturdays
• Henfield, Woods Mill, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays
• Horsham, Chesworth Farm, Mondays and Saturdays
• Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Fridays and Saturdays
So why not give it a go? Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential. For further information and online booking please visit:
www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/naturetots for ages 3-5
and www.sussexwildifetrust.org.uk/wildlifewatch for ages 5-11