RSPB nature reserves around the East of England are celebrating the Wild Things at Easter with a school holiday packed full of hands on nature activities for kids and families.
Spring is when lots of wildlife wakes up after the winter and plants and animals that have been dormant or hibernating leap in to action in response to the longer days, warmer weather and spring sunshine.
Birds that have spent the winter in warmer places start to return for the summer looking for somewhere to nest and singing to attract a mate or defend their territory.
Bees and butterflies take to the air again, as the ground itself defrosts, bluebells start flowering and trees come into leaf.
All this activity reaches its peak around the Easter school holidays, making them the perfect time for families to get out and explore the natural world together.
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen’s Hannah Dryland said: “It’s not only hedgehogs that have been hunkering down for the winter, we all do it when the days get shorter and the cold dark nights have us huddling indoors.
“Now that spring is finally here, like hedgehogs many of us will be feeling the urge to get outdoors, breath in the fresh air, bask in the sunshine, stretch our legs, and enjoy the freedom and fun of being outdoors.
“Nature reserves are the perfect place to answer that call of the wild, and our Wild Things at Easter activities offer children and parents a chance to explore nature together as a family.”
Wild Things at Easter nature reserves:
Frampton Marsh, near Boston, Lincolnshire
Titchwell Marsh, North Norfolk
Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk Broads
Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk
The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire
Rye Meads, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
Minsmere, Suffolk Coast
Faltford Wildlife Garden, South Suffolk
West Canvey Marsh, South Essex
These are just a few of the Wild Things at Easter activities families can enjoy:
- Build a woodland den
- Make your own giant bird’s nest
- Hunt for things that creep and crawl
- Investigate the different signs of spring
Connect with nature to earn Wild Challenge badges:
Some of the Wild Things at Easter activities, are part of the RSPB’s Wild Challenge, which offers rewards for completing activities that help you connect with nature. Visit rspb.org.uk/wildchallenge to find out more and sign up for your Wild Challenge activity pack.
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Rupert Masefield, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01603 697595 Mob: 07872 814878
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Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018