Wildlife Watch

In light of the current Government advice, Sussex Wildlife Trust is planning to pilot some small scale Nature Tots/Wildlife Watch taster sessions this year.

Watch this space for more details! We will continue to review the situation as new guidance is issued. Please see the individual events for more details. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Monthly Saturday Nature & Bushcraft Groups for children aged 5+

  • Brighton, Stanmer Park, morning group: Combined Tots & Watch for ages 3-7, afternoon group: ages 5-9
  • Henfield, Woods Mill, morning group: ages 5-8 & 7-11
  • Horsham, Chesworth Farm, morning group: ages 5-11
  • Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, morning group: ages 5-11
  • Seaford/Eastbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park, morning group: ages 5-8, afternoon group: ages 8-11

Online booking is now open for March 2020, please scroll down for dates, or to go on one of our group’s contact lists.

Wildlife Watch groups are based on Forest School principles, providing a wonderful opportunity for children aged 5 and over to experience and learn from nature. They will be encouraged to tackle 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.

Sessions are themed around the changing seasons and discovering how to help local wildlife thrive. Activities vary at each location and may include: Exploring the reserve and finding out all about the birds, animals and insects which live there, identifying tracks and signs, playing games, building a den, making a bird feeder, woodcraft tool use, pond dipping, mini-beast discovery, preparing a snack and craft activities using natural materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

We go outside rain or shine, so please dress for the weather and be ready to get wet and muddy! It is essential that the children are appropriately dressed, and the temperature can be a little cooler in the woods or on the coast, long trousers and stout shoes or boots are recommended. So why not come along and give it a go!

Please click here for information to get the most out of your Wildlife Watch sessions

Guidelines for younger siblings

The activities are tailored to children over 5 years old, so are not suitable for younger siblings. We would recommend our Nature Tots groups for 3-5 year olds instead.

Volunteering with Wildlife Watch

Would you like to volunteer with us to help run our sessions? Click here to join our team of volunteers.

Some of the fun things we could be getting up to at Wildlife Watch

If the group you wish to book is not listed below or is full, please contact the Group Leader here so they can add you to their contact list and advise when future blocks open for online booking.