Hibernation, Migration and Citizen Science for 8-12 year olds

The summer holidays will soon be over but there are still plenty of opportunities for kids to get outdoors with the Wildlife Watch Group at Idle Valley Nature Reserve.

Wildlife Watch offers a fun, wild and fantastic time for 8-12-year-olds, and takes place on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Idle Valley Rural learning Centre and Nature Reserve near Retford.

On Saturday, 14 September, the group’s ‘In the Swim’ event will be looking at all things fishy.

There’ll be fungi fun on Saturday, 12 October and on Saturday 9th November, the team will be looking at trees and their winter fruits.

The sessions are run by enthusiastic and trained volunteer leaders and cost £3 per child.

Pond dipping Idle Valley
Last month, eight young naturalists studied the natural jewels that are dragonflies and damselflies and looked for their nymphs in one of the reserve ponds.
Ros Schwarz, Idle Valley Wildlife Watch group Leader
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Ros continued, “Every month we go out into the Idle Valley reserve to look for wildlife, learn about nature and enjoy some relaxed outdoor fun. Everything from hibernation, migration, making a holder for bird nest materials and getting involved in citizen science by surveying one of the hedgerows on the reserve. The results were sent to the Opal citizen science project organised by Imperial College, University of London. We really do make a difference and get very involved.”

There are also other opportunities for young people of 13 years and older with the Young Rangers and Keeping It Wild.

For more information about Wildlife Watch including other groups across the county, visit our web page here