Have a great family day out at a nature reserve, including Thorley Wash, with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust's Wild Child activity packs
Children are being encouraged to get outdoors and discover the wonder of nature this Easter with a fun-filled scheme from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Families can download a Wild Child activity pack to help them get the most out of a visit to one of the trust's nature reserves in Hertfordshire, including Thorley Wash on the outskirts of Bishop's Stortford.
The packs, which have been developed in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, are aimed at children aged 5 to 10 and include a map of the reserve, a wildlife spotter sheet with things to look out for on the walk and a 'My Wild Walk' activity sheet to complete with details of where they went and what they saw.
The trust's events officer, Emma Matthars, said: "Over the last year we've seen a surge in interest in our work. Throughout the Covid-19 restrictions, the trust has been helping families stay connected with wildlife through our Wild at Home project. Now, as restrictions ease, we want families to be able to continue their wild journey in the local nature reserves and wild places."
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust manages a network of nature reserves covering nearly 2,000 acres, including woodlands, grasslands and wetlands as well as nationally-rare habitats such as fen meadows and patches of heath and orchard.
As well as Thorley Wash, activity packs can be downloaded for King's Meads in Ware, Purwell Ninesprings near Hitchin, Stocker's Lake in Rickmansworth and Tring Reservoirs.
"We're really pleased to be partnering with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust on this Easter activity for families," said the county council's head of sustainability Julie Greaves.
"We understand the urgency for climate action now and are committed to helping reverse the current 20% decline in wildlife in Hertfordshire.
"By working collaboratively with organisations such as Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, we can help reduce those numbers and actively engage with families on how they can take positive climate actions whilst enjoying our beautiful green spaces.
"We are committed to ensuring our communities are future ready."
Visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/wildchild to download a Wild Child activity pack.