Wildlife: Fun ideas for children
PUBLISHED: 15:42 01 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:38 20 February 2013
Five wild ideas from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to inspire the little ones in your life
We dont always spend as much time with family and friends as we would like. And children grow up fast! Here are some fun ideas for things you can do this June. Make the time you do spend together memorable.
1. Perfect picnic spots
Sadly more than 95% of traditional flower-rich grassland across the UK has been destroyed since 1945, but Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust protects some lovely remaining meadowland habitats and works to restore meadows where possible. June is a great month to visit try Alpine Meadow Nature Reserve near Berkhamsted and you may discover amazing orchids, butterflies, grasshoppers and crickets.
2. Dragon hunt
Track down dragons in Ware during Wildlife Week! Kings Meads Nature Reserve is one of the best places to spot dragonflies and damselflies. Join us on Saturday 4 June and you can see how our work has encouraged rare water violets to thrive here too. Meet Reserves Officer Andy Brown at the Windsor Industrial Estate on the Ware road, near the viaduct. 10.30am. Booking essential http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/
3 donation requested.
3. Cook up an edible pond
A fun activity for rainy days. Make a pond you can eat! Complete with chocolate frogs and jelly bugs, check out this fun recipe idea at the Wildlife Watch website:
4. Dig, dig, dig for wildlife!
By planting and growing some wildflower seeds you can attract butterflies and bees to your garden. Some good nectar giving plants include lavender, cat mint, thyme, red valerian, buddleia, knapweed, primrose, aubretia, michaelmas daisy and scabious. Moths like night-scented stocks, honeysuckle and evening primrose. Avoid double-flowered varieties, which may have no nectar.
For more top wildlife gardening tips, including how to make a bird box and how to keep bees, bring the children to our family event on Saturday June 25 in Verulamium Park, St Albans between 12 noon and 4pm. Entry is free! Find us in the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust garden along from Verulamium Museum.
5. Visit the seashore
It is incredible to think that only 0.001% of the UKs seas are fully protected. After many years of lobbying by the Wildlife Trusts, the Marine Bill was finally passed in 2009 which means we are a step closer to protecting underwater wildlife, but there is still plenty of work to do.
Next time you visit the seaside, try spotting some coastal wildlife 25% of the UKs animals live under the sea! Exploring rock pools, beach combing, watching terns fishing, visiting a seal colony, even looking for whales and dolphins: the coast can offer a huge range of wildlife spectacles. All that and if its hot you can paddle to cool off! Look at our Living Seas page at http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/ to find more seaside activities.
Get more ideas
There are always plenty of activities in Wildlife Watch magazine to get stuck into. With Family Plus membership you can send Wildlife Watch magazine to children at two addresses of your choice, anywhere in the UK. If you dont see the children in your family regularly its a nice way to keep in touch. Inspire them about UK wildlife, no matter where they are.
What's in Watch?
Fascinating facts about wildlife
Wildlife Watchers handbook
Games and puzzles
Membership card and badge
As a Family Plus member you get:
Wildlife Matters magazine quarterly with all the latest news
Nature reserves guide showing you where to visit
Go Wild events diary quarterly for whats on in the area
All for 5 a month.
To order your Family Plus membership, call 01727 858901 today or go to http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/getinvolved/membership/FamilyPlus
See Common Blues
Sunday June 12 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
Join Michael Pearson at Bunkers Hill in Hemel Hempstead to hear about the revival of the common blue butterfly population in the area and hopefully spot a few! Opposite Long Deans Nature Reserve. From M1 J8 at first roundabout take first exit, follow A4147 to Leverstock Green. After 200m take right fork Bedmond Rd and leave village. After speed limit sign, turn right. Under steel arch, follow very rough track 300m to car park. 2pm. Contact: Dave Laming 01438 798213
Work Party and Summer Flower Stroll
Sunday June 19 HARROW
Join Harrow local group on Stanmore Common to work for wildlife! No experience necessary. Meet at Warren Lane car park. 10am-1pm followed by a walk to see the summer flowers on Stanmore Common 1.30-3pm. Contact Simon Braidman 020 8386 2502
Flowers and Flutterers Walk
Sunday June 26 PIRTON
Take in the wildflowers and butterflies at Pirton and along the Icknield Way. Distance 3 miles. Pub lunch/own refreshments. Donation: 2. Contact: Val Fullforth 01462 623 667
Tuesday June 28 PANSHANGER
Take a 2 to 3 mile evening stroll round this special haven for wildlife with HMWT Conservation Manager Tim Hill. Meet at 6.30pm in the car park at the estate offices.
Take the Welwyn to Hertford road entrance, at the white gatehouse, on the B1000, approx 400m east from the Tewin/ Bramfield turn. Contact: Tim Hill 01727 858901