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WildSquare

Hello to everyone who is taking part in WildSquare! Here you can find out about the wildlife you have been exploring, from stinky mushrooms and pretty flowers to weird patterns and animal footprints.
  • The Weathers' looking great

    The weather is looking great for the weekend, so don't delay get out and about with your Wildsquare survey. You still have until the 30th June to carry out the 'Start of Summer' survey and submit your results. Don't forget when you have submitted your results for the first time you will receive a Wildsquare pack with a folder, calendar and stickers. Enjoy the time in the sun!
  • 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 are good for beaks) 2 teaspoons of ground ginger 2 tablespoons of icing sugar with a small water 8 tablespoons of golden syrup Smarties 90g butter Chocolate buttons 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda Hundreds and thousands 90g soft brown sugar 2 tablespoons water 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk Method 1. Pre heat oven to 170C/Gas 5. 2. Sift the flour. 3. Put the syrup, butter and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring until sugar dissolved. 4. Dissolve the bicarb in the 2 tablespoons of water and add to the flour and spices. Add the syrup mix, egg and egg yolk. 5. Mix this all together in a large bowl to make a dough. Knead it and roll it out on a well floured surface (do a little of the dough at a time) until about 5mm thick. Keep plenty of flour on the rolling pin too. 6. Cut out bird shapes, such as a duck or an owl. Press currents or nuts into the shapes to decorate if using. 7. Using a spatula lift the bird shape onto a tray, which has a well greased sheet of greaseproof paper. Bake on the second shelf down in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. 8. When the birds have cooled, mix icing sugar with a small amount of water to stick the chocolate buttons, Smarties or hundreds and thousands onto the bird
  • 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 look out for bluebells, snowdrops, daisy’s and primrose on your walk out in the countryside. The trees will be starting to bud up and some trees may even have some blossom. Can you see spring flowering bulbs? Can you find spring flowers? When you look at the trees can you see leaf buds, blossom or new leaves? Can you see different types of baby animals? Just visit www.rspb.org.uk/wildsquare and sign in with your e-mail address and home postcode. Then print out a survey kit, which includes everything you need to take part. Your survey will only take around half an hour to complete and you can do it wherever and whenever you like, on a walk to the park, in your garden or on a day out.