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If you want to blow away the cobwebs this half term and keep the pennies in the bank at the same time, why not head to a nature reserve and let your little ones get muddy,  hunt for bugs, build a den and give them the chance to burn off some of their (never ending) energy.

Somerset has an abundance of nature reserves located all over the county, so hopefully you will have one within a reasonable distance of your home, making this a quick and easy family trip out.

The pictures included in the post are from the 3 RSPB’s in Somerset (listed below) and a couple of the Somerset Wildlife Trust Reserves. Some we have spent hours at and made a day of it enjoying a picnic as we explored, others we may have just spent 30 minutes or so…. just long enough so that we can let Bella run around, gain sufficiently rosy cheeks and windswept hair to allow us to head back, cuddle up and watch a DVD guilt free.

 There are 3 Somerset RSPB nature reserves, and these are located at:

  • RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Ashcott Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9SX
  • The Greylake RSPB Nature Reserve, A361, Somerset TA7
  • RSPB West Sedgemoor Nature Reserve, Off A378, Nr Yeovil, Somerset,TA3 6QU

You can download a guide to these three below, as well as loads of great tips and ideas about how to get your little ones enjoying nature:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/nearme/index.aspx

As well as the RSPB reserves, the Somerset Wildlife Trust also manages 72 nature reserves across Somerset! You can find full details of these here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/reserves.html

 

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The Somerset Wildlife Trust provides loads of great ways for you

and your family to get involved with nature.

From wide open spaces to run in, to winding woodland trails to explore there is lots to do!

Somerset Wildlife Trust has a nature reserve to suit every young explorer.

They have loads of great ideas, such as:

Joining their Wildlife Watch club where you get:-

  • 4 brilliant magazines packed with things to do
  • Free posters and stickers
  • A local Wildlife Watch newsletter telling you everything that’s going on across Somerset
  • A cool handbook with loads of ideas of stuff to do and make. To find out how to join, click
  • http://www.somersetwildlife.org/childrens-membership
  • Wildlife Watch has a super cool website where you can share photos & download stuff
  • .Check it out here http://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/

 Drop in at a Wildlife Watch Club

Wildlife Watch clubs are great for anyone who wants to get really stuck in. Take part in shelter building,

mammal tracking and overnight camps. If you are interested in joining an event, have a look online at http://www.somersetwildlife.org/Families_wildlife_watch.html

Do the Hedgehog Award

For a different way to explore nature and help wildlife, join in with the Wildlife Watch Awards.

Complete tasks and challenges to earn points and work your way towards completing the award.

 http://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/Awards-information-page

Go to an event

Their programme of events offers family fun days to child friendly bat walks!

Check out their events page to find out what is happening when. http://www.somersetwildlife.org/events.html

Become a Young Warden

Aged 12-18 and interested in nature? Then why not join the Avalon Marshes Young Wardens?

Take part in practical conservation, species recording and ecology activities!

You can find out about how here  http://www.somersetwildlife.org/Families_wildlife_watch.html

**Please check online before you visit though, as access to some of them is not so good!**

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