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  • Blog Post: Where is spring?

    We had a lovely weekend here with sunshine and blue skies. The flowers have started to bloom due to the warmer weather. Have you seen more flowers in your Wildsquare? The official first day of spring was not spring like at all, but had mist, fog, snow and freezing temperatures. This has meant alot...
  • Blog Post: Explore nature with a scanner or camera

    Did you know that you can use your computer to make your wildlife discoveries even more exciting, particularly the little ones? The tiniest fly on your windowsill will blow up to an incredible size with a scanner. What looks like a minute dot will become an amazing insect with long antennae, stripes...
  • Blog Post: Get baking!

    As it gets colder outside, you may want an activity to do indoors. This Gingerbread bird recipe is perfect for a winters' afternoon at home. You can make all sorts of different animals, they don't just have to be birds. Ingredients Decorations 450g plain flour Currents 1 teaspoon of...
  • Blog Post: Elf dens

    If you enjoyed getting outside when you did your WildSquare survey, why not try this idea another time you’re out and about. The idea is to look around at all the things there are in your WildSquare and find materials that could be used to make a house for an elf, insect, small animal or a fairy...
  • Blog Post: Autumn colours activity

    Autumn is one of nature’s most colourful times of year. One of my favourite parts of this WildSquare survey was looking at all the different leaf colours. There wasn’t just orange, brown and yellow leaves but every shade in between – orangey-yellow, greeney-yellow, browny-orange and...
  • Blog Post: New Wildsquare survey begins - 1st March

    Spring is a wonderful time of year to be getting outside. All around you nature is coming back to life after slowing down for the winter. Leaves are appearing, insects are hatching or coming out of hibernation, flowers are coming up and all sorts of animals are having babies. A lot of animals have babies...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife in your living room

    If you enjoyed getting outside and seeing the wildlife in your WildSquare why not bring some wildlife spotting into your home too? Not real wildlife of course, most birds, insects and animals would much rather be outside than running around your living room and your parents probably wouldn’t appreciate...
  • Blog Post: Explore nature with a torch

    As we approach the winter solstice on the 22nd December the hours of daylight we have are steadily reducing. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year (the day is actually the same length as any other it’s just that it’s darker for longer) after that the days will start to get longer...
  • Blog Post: Hands off my holly

    We all know that holly is a special winter plant for people to decorate thier homes with at Christmas. Did you know that it's special for mistle thrushes too? If you find a holly tree packed with bright red berries at this time of year, listen for a loud clacking sound. You can almost guarantee...
  • Blog Post: Cones, cows, crafts and cake

    If you have any pine trees in your WildSquare you will almost certainly have seen some pine cones when you did your survey. We often take don’t bother to look or think about pine cones because they are so common, but given a little time you’ll discover that they are actually fascinating....
  • Blog Post: Discovering trees

    Hello! Welcome to the Wildsquare blog. This brand new feature lets us show you some of the fantastic things that other children have done so that you can have a go, too. It will give you some interesting nature facts to impress your parents with and some ideas about other things you might like to do...
  • Blog Post: Make your own mould

    Did you know that mould is a type of fungi? Have a go at this rotting experiment to grow you own fungi and gross out your friends. You will need: A see through plastic bag Some bread A camera Take your bread and dip one corner in some water, now place your bread inside the plastic bag and seal...
  • Blog Post: New survey tomorrow!

    Today is your last chance to complete the trees survey. Tomorrow our new survey, Changes through the autumn, starts. In this survey we’ll be asking you to get out into your WildSquare and see what’s changed since the summer. You’ll be looking at the trees again to see what changes have...
  • Blog Post: Birds and their song survey

    How many of these birds have you seen? You often see more birds in the winter than the summer, there isn’t much food around and the days are shorter so they have to spend more time finding things to eat. There are also fewer leaves in the trees for them to hide behind. Can you hear any of...
  • Blog Post: Explore nature at dusk

    One of the most exciting times to go out looking for wildlife is the the hour before darkness. At this time of year this is around the time you've just finished your tea. So take a brave adult and go on a journey into the unknown. Most mammals are active at night , rather than during the day....
  • Blog Post: Make a sweep net this Bank Holiday

    Make an insect sweep net Equipment list: 2 wire coat hangers A wooden pole (broom handle or a cane) An old pillowcase (preferably white) A needle and some thread or a stapler 2 jubilee clips Instructions: You may need an adult to help you when you are shaping the coat hangers 1 Unfold the coat hangers...
  • Blog Post: Can you jump as high as a house?

    The answer is almost certainly no (unless you count dolls houses). Squirrels can though, they can jump 6 metres in one leap. Squirrels are such common creatures that we often ignore them. Maybe you'll pay them a bit more attention once you've read this though. As well as being incredible leapers...
  • Blog Post: Moving mountains

    Right now mountains are being moved! They're being moved very very slowly but it's still quite an exciting thought. Ice is incredibly powerful. Water can get into every tiny crack and crevice, so when it freezes and expands, it can split huge rocks into pieces and even slowly break down mountains...
  • Blog Post: Big Wild Sleep Out

    If you enjoy taking part in the Wildsquare survey's, why not take part in our big summer event? It is called the Big Wild Sleep Out and we are asking you to sleep out over the weekend of the 9-11 August. You can either do this in your own garden, or at one of our participating reserves. Connect with...
  • Blog Post: Wildsquare survey for the New Year

    The next Wildsquare survey is about Birds and their song and starts on the 1st January. We’ll be asking you to look for birds and to listen for their song. Birds don’t just sing, they make other noises too; can you hear them calling in flight or flapping their wings. We also want you to tell us what...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife at Home

    If you enjoyed getting outside and seeing the wildlife in your WildSquare why not bring some wildlife spotting into your home too? Not real wildlife of course, as most would rather be outside rather than flying around your bedroom or trying to make a burrow in the washing basket! If its raining outside...
  • Blog Post: Burst into spring with Wildsquare

    The spring Wildsquare survey runs from the 1st March to the 30th April and it is called ‘Bursting into spring’. This is an exciting time in nature as there are lots of new plants and animals to see. I love the colours of the first daffodils and crocus. We will be asking you to find spring flowers, so...
  • Blog Post: Gingerbread birds

    Why not get creative in the kitchen this weekend and make some gingerbread animals. I made this owl, but you could make all sorts of different animals and then decorate them with raisins, nuts and seeds. Ingredients Decorations 450g plain flour Currents 1 teaspoon of ground mixed spice Nuts (almonds...