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TV Naturalist Nick Baker joins Nottinghamshire school’s journey of woodland discovery

Friday 8th July

TV Naturalist Nick Baker joins Nottinghamshire school’s journey of woodland discovery

On Thursday July 7th Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s leading conservation charity, welcomed TV Naturailst Nick Baker, Vice-president of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) to the county.  Nick, affectionately referred to as Bug Boy Baker due to his Twitter account @BugBoyBaker, joined pupils from Everton Primary School as they enjoyed their latest Woodland Workshop session at the charity’s Idle Valley Nature Reserve.

Nick is attending in his role as ambassador for Forest Schools inspired projects that RSWT is coordinating thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The session, led by Trust staff, Rick Berry and Kevin Widdowson was the fifth Woodland Workshop out of a programme of six delivered for the school. Activities included a nature walk, den building, minibeast hunts, wild art, cooking food on a fire, bushcrafts and using tools. Children learn to make their own choices, manage risk and through play learn about the value of the woodland around them and the wildlife it supports.

The pupils at the end of the session were asked what they liked best about the day. Their responses included ‘Finding a toad and frog’, ‘making a wooden mallet’ with tools as well as their time spent on a “bug hunt with Nick” Baker who demonstrated the fine art of bogie making with slug slime!

Speaking about the sessions, Wildlife Trust Education & Community Manager Lynn Victor said: “Taking part in a series of sessions in a woodland setting has many benefits for young people, including the opportunity to learn new skills and increased self-confidence and self-esteem. The support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery has enabled us to extend our programme across the county and we are delighted that Wildlife Trust’s Vice-President Nick Baker joined our session with Everton Primary.”

Nick said, “I’ve had a blast. A fantastic day. Without the constraints of the classroom they have learnt about tracking animals, identifying mini beasts and making mini mallets. It’s been absolutely fantastic.” He continued, “When we asked the kids what they remembered most it went something like [mud] face painting, we like the damselflies and rabbit guts as we found a dead rabbit on the path. It was a really really good day and it’s all thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery that it has been possible so if that’s you, thank you big time.”

Further Woodland Workshop sessions open to the general public will be held over the summer across the county. At the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre near Retford Holiday Clubs will be available on 8th and 13th July and at Attenborough Nature Centre near Beeston, Holiday Clubs will be held on 12th & 14th July. There is also a session available to attend at Skylarks Nature Reserve on 28th July. Details are available for more information here http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/

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