Easter Activities – build a nest

As this week we were supposed to have some Easter activities we thought we would share them with you so you can do it yourself. 
It is spring so it is the start of nest building for birds. Birds start building their nests, flying to and from their nesting sites often in trees looking for things to make their nest. Have you seen a bird flying with a twig in its mouth? Then its a bird is building it’s nest. It is building it’s home. It’s building the bed where it will lay its eggs and where it’s babies will be born, where it will stay safe and where it will live until it flies. Go outside to see if you can spot bird’s nest building, or watch from a window, then encourage your child to make a nest. Watch this You Tube video of a Robin building its nest here. You can download a nest identification chart here.
This project encourages children to really think like birds and make something interesting, testing ideas and problem solving. Ask your child how they think a bird makes its nest and see what they say. Then tell them they are going to be like birds today and make a nest.
In your own garden or whilst out walking in a local park or green space ask your child to collect items that a bird might use to build a nest, only use natural materials like twigs, feathers, grass and leaves. When back home in the garden or indoors (on a tray or large piece of paper) if you don’t have a garden encourage your child to build a nest strong enough to hold an few eggs. When they have finished, test it out by putting some small Easter eggs or small stones inside. You can download the activity sheet here.

Sorry but now closed

In line with the Government’s advice in relation to the Corona Virus we have cancelled not only all events and activities but also group volunteering. A number of regular volunteers will be maintaining the site and keeping our garden going. A big thank you to all those in advance and we look forward to welcoming everyone back very soon. Please sign up to our newsletter as we will be providing ideas for growing your own, forest school activities for your garden and indoors and ways to enjoy nature from your window https://wildcatwilderness.org/contact/

Coronavirus update

Regrettably we have taken the decision to cancel/postpone any of our public events from this time onwards. Sadly includes this Saturday’s Seed Swap and all our Easter activities. We are part of the Rushey Green Time Bank who have also taken the decision to pause all regular group meetings, planned activities and events until further notice.

However there is some good news. Local schools and nurseries will be able to continue to use the Wilderness whilst they remain open. We are also continuing our regular weekly volunteering sessions on a Thursday and Friday but with new measures in place so that our staff and participants stay safe. Will continue to follow government advice during this time and things might change so we will keep you updated.

The benefits of nature and get growing
We know that being in nature has a real positive effect on our health and wellbeing. Being outdoors and exercising is going to be even more important over these coming months. So where safe and possible take some time to enjoy nature in your garden or in a local green space. In the coming weeks we hope to provide you with a regular newsletter with ideas, activities and links to things that you can do outdoors. It’s also a great time to start growing your own food whether that be in a garden, pot or window box so we will be sharing tips to get you started.

Seed swap 7/3 postponed

Very sorry but we have had to postpone our community seed swap 7/3 as we are flooded! The good news is that it’s now on Sat 21st March 10am-1pm. Hope to see you then without waders.

Easter and new activities

You can now book for our Easter holiday events including Make a nest and wild bunny  – Tuesday 7th April 10am-2pm and Easter outdoor fun – egg hunt and sunflower planting Thursday 9th April 11am-3pm. Visit our Whats On page and book on so we know who is coming.

New events and activities for 2020

Our new activities and events are now live. Look out for our volunteering activities including fortnightly weekend volunteering for all ages. Plus birdwatching Sunday 26th, half term activities plus a new community seed swap. To book visit the Whats on Page, click on the event and book the number of places using the drop down menu.

Christmas wreath and decoration making

Please note that this event is fully booked. To join the waiting list please email wcw@rgtb.org.uk