Here at Gardeningwithchildren.co.uk we are all a bit mad about wildlife. Jemima, the youngest member of the team has been avidly watching the tadpoles in our garden, as they make the amazing transformation into frogs.
For help with your wildlife observations you might be interested in a new website being developed by the Open University.
iSpot is a place to learn lots about wildlife. So if you’ve spotted something of interest but need help to identify it, there is a whole community of people there who can help. Share photos, latest sitings and identification tips. Plus there are lots of useful links to other websites if you have a particular specialist interest.
For my own nature walks with the children, I also find these wildlife guides excellent. They are clearly and beautifully illustrated, packed full of fascinating and useful information, plus they are laminated making them practical for outdoor use.
For collecting little finds and treasures along the way this small trug is lightweight and lovely for small hands. From here shells, sticks, leaves and seeds all make their way onto the nature table. And our wildlife cameras will record all the activity both on land and in water.
And if you would like to stay fit over the summer and love the great outdoors the BTCV Green Gym is worth a look. Its a great opportunity to improve your fitness by getting involved in practical conservation activities such as planting hedges, creating and maintaining community gardens, or improving footpaths. You can join for an hour or more on a weekly or twice-weekly basis – find out more at http://www.btcv.org/greengym