We were very lucky that Get Nesting! took place on a dry and mild day compared with the torrential downpours and gusty winds that we have recently been suffering! I think lots of families were itching to get out and get some fresh air as we worked with over 100 children in just two hours.
We were joined on the day by our friends at the RSPB to offer a range of fun activities that will encourage all manner of wildlife into our gardens in the coming months. As it was National Nest Box Week the RSPB were helping us to think about the materials that birds use to line there nests with and helped families to make tasty snacks for visiting birds. The Garden helped families think about homes and food for other creatures in the Garden and had Garden trails and activitiy sheets to take out into the Garden to use.
- Making bug hotel from hollow twigs and recycled plant pots
- Recycling a milk bottle and creating a bird feeder
- Planting a wild flower meadow mix in a and made newspaper plant pot to take home and grow. Look a teh instructions here.
- Taking a trail around the Garden using our new Nature's Numbers maths trail. Download it here.
- Identifying common garden birds in the Botanic Garden. Download the ID sheet here from the Woodland Trust's Nature Detectives
- Creating a pretend birds nest from gathered twigs, leaves, moss and feathers. Download the sheet here from the Woodland Trust's Nature Detectives
Feedback from participants:
"I carnt wait till the seeds grow in the pot I made"
"Thank you. I liked the bug hotel. From Abby"
"I liked making the bired feeder. Bethany 5"
"Indigo and Jasper had a brilliant time. I dident want to leave for lunch. Love Indigo and Jasper XXX"
"We had a great time learning about bug hotels and planting wildflower seeds today! (Emily, 6 and Eve 3). Will enjoy looking out for similar activities this summer. Your activity days are a great chance to rediscover the Garden with the children! Many many thanks!"
Read the event report here