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'Rain hasn't stopped play' says hardy UK

Last modified: 21 July 2012

Family at Rye Meads nature reserve

Family at Rye Meads

Image: Eleanor Bentall

Schools are breaking up for summer, the weather is set to improve and people across the country have told the RSPB that they plan to get outdoors during the holidays no matter what.

63 per cent of people asked say the rain hasn’t stopped them from enjoying the outdoors so far this year, and a whopping 97 per cent say they’ll get outside during the school summer holidays, even if it means getting wet.

Getting outdoors

Bryan Bland, RSPB Head of People Engagement, says; ‘It’s good to hear so many people say they’ll be getting outdoors this summer, regardless of what the weather does. 

Regular family-friendly events engaging young people with nature are taking place around the UK during the school holidays

‘This week a group of MPs called for targets to be set on improving public engagement with nature, and we know getting out into nature is particularly important for children. Less than 10 per cent of children today play in natural places such as woodlands, countryside and heaths, compared to 40 per cent of children in the 1970’s and ‘80’s. That’s an alarming decline that urgently needs to be turned around.

‘With schools breaking up for summer, the weather predicted to improve, and a genuinely strong desire in many people to get outdoors, now is a great time to seize the opportunity to get muddy, climb trees and explore.’

Regular events

Regular family-friendly RSPB events engaging young people with nature are taking place around the UK during the school holidays. These including the Greedy Gannet club in East Yorkshire, Holiday Wildlife Club in the West Midlands, Forest School in Devon and Monday Funday in Renfrewshire. Find out about these and more at on our events pages.

How you can help

RSPB reserves are great places for a day out