Wild Child: Families can have fun in nature thanks to Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust's downloadable activities pack
Families with primary school-age children can delve into nature at Thorley Wash and other wildlife havens this summer.
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Hertfordshire County Council have again teamed up for the Wild Child project, first launched in Easter, which aims to help families connect with the flora and fauna around them through a series of fun and easy-to-use online resources.
This summer, families can download an activity pack for their local nature reserve. The packs, aimed at children aged 5 to 10, include a map of the reserve, two wildlife spotter sheets with things to look out for on walks and a My Wild Walk activity sheet to complete. More than 600 families enjoyed the Wild Child packs at Easter.
As well as Thorley Wash on the southern outskirts of Bishop's Stortford, the packs cover Rye Meads near Stanstead Abbotts, Panshanger Park near Hertford, Kings Meads in Ware, Cassiobury Park in Watford, Hexton Chalk Pit, Gobions Wood near Potters Bar, Stocker's Lake in Rickmansworth, Tring Reservoirs and Purwell Ninesprings near Hitchin.
In addition to activities in the packs, the county council's Countryside and Rights of Way Service has provided maps of walking routes.
Emma Matthars, events officer at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, said: "We had a superb response to our first Wild Child pack at Easter so we've updated those and added five new nature reserves. We hope that by helping families discover and learn about the wildlife around them, they will join us to help protect it."
Cllr Eric Buckmaster, of Sawbridgeworth, the county council's executive member for the environment, said: "We're delighted to be continuing our partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust as we work to ensure our communities are future-ready.
"Biodiversity is one of the key areas we're looking to improve as part of our Sustainable Hertfordshire strategy and education is a vital part of these efforts.
"These activity packs provide valuable opportunities for children across the county to learn about the importance of biodiversity and what they can do to ensure animals continue to thrive in their natural habitats."
The county council has committed to "improving wildlife" across Hertfordshire by 20% by 2050. Through its Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy and Action Plan, it pledges to work with institutions, schools, businesses and community groups to help raise awareness and knowledge among young people while encouraging wider biodiversity action.
To download the Wild Child activity pack, visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/wildchild.