There are plenty of ways for families to get stuck in and help nature this half term at RSPB Fairburn Ings, including hands-on family volunteering and showing your love for nature.
Visitors to the West Yorkshire nature reserve, near Castleford, can get hands-on experience of working on a reserve in a family volunteering event on Wednesday 15 February, 10 am - 3 pm. Cutting willow and birch helps to make sure Fairburn Ings remains a haven for wildlife and families are invited to join the team for a day and learn a little more about what goes on behind the scenes
Sally Granger, Visitor Experience Officer at Fairburn Ings said: "Family volunteering is a great opportunity for families to have a fun, outdoors experience together, whilst finding out a bit more about what our wardens get up to on the reserve."
Or there's the chance for visitors to get involved with the Climate Coalition's annual Show the Love campaign, which aims to raise awareness of climate change by talking about the things we love in nature and understanding how will be affected.
Sally said: "As a washland, Fairburn is designed to flood so the surrounding area doesn't. In recent years, the reserve has suffered worsening floods which has protected local homes and businesses. Visitors will be able to 'Show their Love' for Fairburn by getting involved with a range of various activities and wearing a green heart."
There will be a special quiz trail, 9 -19 February, which will help visitors find out more about the reserve and the part it plays in the local area. There will also be an opportunity for people to share what they love on a green paper heart. These hearts will be attached to a bare tree in an attempt to bring it into leaf.
The family volunteering event is free and children must be accompanied by an adult. Due to limited places, booking is essential. Families are asked to bring their own packed lunch with them, however tea and coffee will be provided.
Further information about half term activities can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/fairburnings, or by contacting the visitor centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01977 628 191.