Arundel Wetland Centre is hosting crafts, trails and storytelling about a different animal each week of the summer holidays. These family activities are all wrapped around a simple message of caring for nature. “We hope to raise children’s awareness of threatened species, like dormice and water voles, that live wild on our wetland reserve.” said Grounds Manager Paul Stevens. All the summer trail activities are designed to shadow the work of reserve wardens and conservationists to help encourage a love of nature. Families find spending time in a natural environment can be more relaxing. “With all the distractions out there these days it’s nice for families to get back to basics and experience nature together.” said Claire Drew, Arundel Wetland Centre Learning Manager. Even if it is raining outside this summer, it’s lovely weather for ducks and water voles don’t mind a few rain drops.
This summer during Dormouse Week from July 21-29 children can peek into dormouse nesting boxes, like wardens on a wildlife survey. Families can search for water voles from the Wetland Discovery boat safari during Water Vole week in August. Spider experts Ray and Angela Hale bring their display of tarantulas, cockroaches and other fascinating insects on August 11-12, as part of Wriggle Week. Ray will lead ‘Spider Safaris’ that weekend - a walk to find British spiders in the wild, then study and release them.
Each morning this summer at 10:45 there is a 15 minute storytelling session in the Meadow Maze. Afterwards families can go pond dipping from 11 am in the Pond Explorer station just next door. Free creative crafts, built around this summer’s animal themes, will run Monday through Friday from 2-4 pm each afternoon inside the Holt Building. Wetlands Discovery Boat Safari start at 11 am each day with the last boat trip starting at 4:30 pm.
Even before the holidays start each weekend in July Professor Bones explores the lives of birds and animals in a series of 20 minute shows. Using animal skulls, the skeleton professor illustrates how animals feed and move. Families can explore the rest of the reserve using free Wetland Detectives trail sheets. By finding answers on displays and inside bird hides around the reserve families can enter to win a WWT membership.
Wildlife Activities at Arundel Wetland Centre cover
July 21-29: Dormouse week
July 30 - August 5: Dragonfly week
August 6-12: Wriggle Week (insects)
August 13-19: Bat week
August 20-26: Water Vole week
August 27-Sept2: Butterfly week
Spider Safaris on August 11 & 12 run from 11am to noon. Cost is £5 per person, call 01903 881530 to book. The content of the Spider Safaris are aimed at children and families. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Published 9th July 2012
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