Great days out – Nature reserves

nature reserves with kids

So the summer holidays have arrived and the the scramble is on for ideas for great days out.  The problem with this is that sometimes it can get incredibly expensive.  So, allow me to make a suggestion – visit a nature reserve!

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There are many nature reserves in the UK, and they can vary from a really small patch of land being managed for wildlife to a huge area all set up and accessible to the public.  They can be council managed or managed by a charity such as the RSPB or Wildlife Trust.  Some may be free to visit, some have an entry fee or can be free if you’re a member (worth thinking about if you enjoy it!)

Viewing birds from the shelter of of a bird hide!


Why not take a look and see if there are any local to you and make a point to visit it and explore.  There might even be some events running for children in the holidays which will put you in touch with volunteers to enthuse about wildlife to your kids!  We’ve been to all sorts over the past few years; pond dipping, bird watching, moth trapping, bat watching to name but a few!

Pond dipping – sometimes you can rent equiptment and sometimes they are led events.

Here are some places to have a look at:


Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Wildlife Trust

National Trust

Also check if your local council has a ranger service or runs wildlife events.  Often you can go along and they are either free or a minimal donation and are really worthwhile.  Our local service has been much reduced in recent years so showing your support will help in other ways too.


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