Nature and bushcraft groups for Brighton youngsters

Making a den at Wildlife Watch (Photograph: Paula da Luz)
Making a den at Wildlife Watch (Photograph: Paula da Luz)

Sussex Wildlife Trust is starting two new monthly Saturday groups in March, for children to get hands on with nature at Stanmer Park.

Wildlife Watch offers five to eight-year-olds the chance to learn bushcraft skills from den building to campfire cooking, and woodcraft including whittling, sawing and drilling to create a bird feeder or insect home.

Nature Tots (Photograph: Paula da Luz)

Nature Tots (Photograph: Paula da Luz)

Nature Tots for ages three to five gives younger ones the chance for outdoor fun with activities themed around local wildlife and the changing seasons. There is plenty of art and craft using natural materials, stories, games and a very popular mud café.

Paula da Luz, group leader, said: “By exploring the different habitats, learning ID and tracking skills, playing games, pond dipping, and mini beast hunting, the children will get to know their local wildlife and find out how to help it thrive. I hope these groups will spark a life-long love of the natural environment.

“Some children take a little longer to join in and learn new skills, and that’s where the sessions can really help with building self-esteem, physical co-ordination and social skills through child-led achievable challenges – and parents are often amazed at how resourceful and capable their children can become.”

Monthly Saturday groups for Nature Tots are from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and Wildlife Watch is from 1pm to 3pm.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential.

To book online, visit: www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk