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Have you heard about the RSPB Wild Challenges for Families?

Building a bird bath in the garden

Did you know recent research by the RSPB showed that only 1 in 5 children are connected with nature and spending a healthy amount of time outdoors?

I don’t get everything right as a parent, not by a long stretch, but I do make a big effort to get my two out in nature, it makes a massive difference to our sanity and happiness and I want them to grow up respecting and understanding nature. My kids have an amazing time getting involved with the RSPB via my Dad who helps to run his local group. Macclesfield RSPB also has one of the best Young Explorer’s groups in the country and we’ve loved building nest boxes and making seed bombs with the leaders at RSPB events. We even helped to put up a barn owl box and just discovered it has barn owls in – we’re so excited!

Basically we’ve loved the creative ideas the RSPB have to encourage kids to get on board with giving nature a home. We’re sad we’re not nearer to Macclesfield as the kids would go to Young Explorers events more often and sometimes I know we could be doing more than we are to connect with nature. But we just heard about the RSPB Wild Challenge for families and it sounds like a great way to keep involved!

At the Macclesfield RSPB Wow event with Grandad

Getting Kids involved in the RSPB #WildChallenge

The RSPB Wild Challenge is aimed at both schools and families, so why not get your family on board with earning their Bronze, Silver and Gold award? Each award involved undertaking a different challenge, each of which will help local wildlife. All the 24 challenges are online, with easy instructions, pictures, plus hints and tips to complete them, great for keeping outdoor loving kids busy! Once you have completed a challenge you log it online with a small piece of evidence like a photo, a drawing or writing. When you have completed enough challenges you achieve your award, each award has a certificate and badge.

Making bird boxes at Wow with Macclesfield RSPB Young Explorers

When I looked at the challenges I could see we have done a few already by making bird boxes and feeding the birds, so we would be on the way to Bronze which is exciting.

So I’ve picked out a new challenge for us over the Easter break! We’ve been busy feeding and making homes for birds in our garden, but they don’t have a bath…

Build A Bird Bath

Another brilliant spring project! You just need a shallow, watertight bowl, such as an upturned dustbin lid or large circular plant tray, some stones or gravel, bricks to raise the bowl up if it doesn’t have a base and rain or tap water. Fly over to the RSPB site for the full bird bath construction instructions.

I’m looking forward to scenes like this!

Building a bird bath in the garden Ray Kennedy (rspb-images.com)

Building a bird bath in the garden, the RSPB Wild Challenge Ray Kennedy (rspb-images.com)

Ray Kennedy rspb-images.com

I love the sound of making a hedgehog cafe too, I know my two would love this after meeting this lovely fellow at Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk. They are also desperate to make a pond!

If your kids are keen to take on new wildlife projects, or your looking for some outdoor fun together check out the RSPB’s new Wild Challenge as a family.  The instructions are clear and the resources needed are simple and inexpensive/free.

Let me know what you get up to?

Have you heard about the RSPB Wild Challenges for Families?

Image credits – 1, 5 – Penny Alexander, 2,3,4 Ray Kennedy, RSPB Images.

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7 Comments

  • Reply JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

    Aren’t those hedgehogs so cute and I would love to see the occupant of the barn owl box! Some great ideas here for getting into nature. I enjoyed reading about it!

    04/04/2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Sarah MumofThree World

    What fab ideas! That hedgehog looks enormous (and very cute!).
    My kids do get outdoors, but it’s all to do with sport rather than enjoying nature. Now that the football and rugby season are coming to an end, we should think a bit more about enjoying nature!

    04/04/2017 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Erica Price

    I spend a chuck of every school day afternoon (if it isn’t tipping down) spending time in the park with my son. We walk back with other families (all boys) and the kids love to hide in the bushes and play with sticks. We’d love to meet a hedgehog so we could tell Grannie all about it as she’s a big fan.

    04/04/2017 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Suzy Mccullough

    Such a lovely idea. We joined in with the big bird watch. Bird baths are so necessary, especially as the warmer weather comes in.

    04/04/2017 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply ChelseaMamma

    What a lovely idea. Isaac has just made a bird feeder with school – complete with real meal worms

    06/04/2017 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Sonia

    Oh I am going to go and check this out, my kids love being outdoors and are big fans of watching the birds x

    07/04/2017 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Nichola - Globalmouse

    What a brilliant initiative. My kids would love this, especially my daughter. Those photos are gorgeous too.

    10/04/2017 at 9:27 pm
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