Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff invites you to celebrate the launch of Cardiff's most exciting wildlife club
Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff, RSPB Cymru's flagship project in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council, is inviting young wildlife explorers across Cardiff to celebrate the launch of the Cardiff Wildlife Detectives club (note 3) at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff on 15-17 April.
Run by Cardiff's Community Rangers and RSPB Cymru staff and volunteers, Cardiff Wildlife Detectives is the most exciting wildlife club in the city and encourages families to spend some quality time exploring nature on their doorstep.
Members will meet monthly at its headquarters in Forest Farm, Cardiff, to investigate all the weird and wonderful things that nature has to offer. You can splash around in your wellies, get-together for some pond dipping, or perhaps get muddy on a mini-beast hunt - the possibilities are endless when enjoying the great outdoors.
To celebrate the launch of this special wildlife club, Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is offering a free annual membership to one lucky family in Cardiff. All you need to do to win is prove that you're a real detective and discover 5 specific pieces of nature in Cardiff - a bumblebee, oak tree, primrose, mallard and a worm. Once you've completed your mission please take a photo of your discovery, with at least one photo including you and your family in shot, and share your photos on Facebook with RSPB Cymru or on Twitter @RSPBCymru using #wildcardiff.
The winner will be chosen at random and exclusively announced by one of Wales' most nutty wildlife characters, Bob the squirrel (note 4), at the Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff RHS garden on Sunday 17 April at 1pm.
Carolyn Robertson, Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff Project Manager, said: "Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is bringing thousands of young people in Cardiff closer to nature and we can't wait to host a range of fun activities for the whole family during this year's RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Wildflower meadow will meet woodland and wetland in our unique garden full of hidey holes for wildlife; you can hunt for dragonflies and butterflies, climb through a secret tunnel into the woods, find a perch in the stumpery and spot the places where hedgehogs, bugs and birds may snuffle and settle."
As well as fun activities for families, Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff offers free outreach sessions to primary schools across the city to help children discover the wildlife in their school grounds and create simple homes for nature - from bug houses to bird boxes.
Nicola Hutchinson, Conservation Officer for the City of Cardiff Council, said: "Cardiff is a fantastic city for discovering nature. We want people to get out and enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer and once you start looking you will find all sorts of wildlife pretty much right under your nose. Through a range of activities we want to build confidence and encourage children and families to spend more time having fun exploring in the wild."
Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is made possible thanks to the generous support of Tesco customers through the Welsh Government's carrier bag levy. For more information about the imitative and to see how you can get involved, follow @RSPBCymru or email email@example.com.
1. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
2. The City of Cardiff Council is responsible for providing over 700 services to the 352,000 residents of the capital of Wales every year. Our Corporate Plan sets out what the Council will do, and how we will work with partners from the public, private and third sector to deliver our vision of becoming Europe's most liveable capital city.
3. Cardiff Wildlife Detectives is run in partnership between RSPB Cymru and the City of Cardiff Council, via the Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff project, which aims to connect thousands of children and families with nature on their doorstep. Cardiff Wildlife Detectives will be launched at the 2016 RHS Flower Show Cardiff from 15-17 April. Families and children of any age are able to become members and family membership consists of 2 x adults and 2 x children. One year membership is £7.50 per child and paying on the day is £1 per child.
4. Bob is a politically neutral fictional character who is campaigning to get nature higher up on the agenda ahead of the Assembly elections in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland www.voteforbob.co.uk