Wildlife Watch

We are now running pilot blocks in June and July across Sussex. Numbers are limited to facilitate distancing. We will continue to review the situation as new guidance is issued. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

If you are not already on our mailing list to be advised when online booking opens for your group, please contact the leader here and ask to be added to their list, stating your preferred location and day of the week. We do not have a waiting list, but we will write to everyone on the contact list when we have news of dates and when booking will open.

Booking is open under Forthcoming Events below. You can also visit our Go Wild at Home pages for fun ideas and activities or participate in our Hedgehog Award

Monthly Saturday Nature & Bushcraft Groups for children aged 5+

  • Brighton, Stanmer Park, morning group: ages 5-9
  • Henfield, Woods Mill, morning group: ages 5-9
  • Crawley, Tilgate Park, morning group: ages 5-11
  • Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, morning group: ages 5-11
  • Seaford/Eastbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park, reopens in WINTER

Online booking is open under Forthcoming Events below, we do not have waiting lists, but please scroll down to go on one of our group leader’s contact lists to be advised when bookings are posted online.

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.