Kids go wild for wildlife at Gibraltar Point

Tuesday 1st September 2015

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The “Wildlife Watch” group for children based at Gibraltar Point is looking forward to an autumn packed with wildlife adventures.

The group for 4 to 12 year olds meets on the second Saturday of every month at the nature reserve south of Skegness. New members are always welcome to come along and join in. It’s just £1 per children per meeting; children must be accompanied by an adult.

The next meeting is a Beach Clean on Saturday 12 September at 10am. The group will be meeting at the Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre car park and enjoying a walk down to the beach looking out for wildlife on the way.
“Once we get to the beach we will do a beach clean to remove any litter found on the beach (gloves and litter pickers are provided)” said Susie, one of the Group Leaders. “As we are doing our beach clean we will look out for any interesting shells and washed up sea creatures along the strand line, we may even get to see a seal watching us from out to sea. The group love the beach and want to keep it clean so all the birds and marine mammals can live there safely.”

The theme of the meeting on Saturday 10 October is Climate and Weather.
“Meeting at the Visitor Centre car park at 10am we will be trying fun activities and experiments to understand more about our weather and having a walk around the reserve to experience whatever the weather may throw at us on that day. We will also be finding out what we can all do to help reduce our carbon foot print and understand more about global warming. We hope this will be a fun day with lots of things to do.”

On Saturday 14 November the group are venturing on A Night Time Adventure.
The time is still to be confirmed but anyone joining must come prepared with warm clothes, suitable foot wear and a torch for a walk through the woods at dusk.
“We will be looking for animals that come out in the evening and using our bat detectors to listen out for bats and hopefully see some flying in the night sky. We will also listen to the sounds of the woodland at night, maybe animals rustling through the undergrowth or owls hooting in the distance. Experience the woodland in a different way than you would during the day.”
Abigail aged 9 said “it's amazing to walk through the woods with your bat detector and then actually hear them. When they swoop just over the top of your head it’s really exciting".

The group’s Christmas Get-together is on Saturday 12 December. The time and venue are to be confirmed.

For more information and to book places please contact group leader Jill Hardy at Gibraltar Point on 01754 898057 

Wildlife Watch is the junior membership of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and there are groups like the one at Gibraltar Point around the county. Joining a local group is a great way to explore nature in the company of like-minded young people. Usually meeting once a month for a couple of hours at a weekend, activities can range from minibeasting to bushcraft.
Being outdoors and experiencing nature for real is a great change from staring at a computer or TV screen and that’s not just the kids! The leaders, many of them volunteers have a great time exploring too.

Find the Widlife Watch closest to where you live on the Wildlife Watch website



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