{Wild Challenge} Trees, Leaves & Seeds

Autumn seemed like the perfect time to tick off the Trees, Leaves & Seeds activity from the RSPB Wild Challenge as hunting for autumn leaves and seeds is a family favourite which we do every year.

We kicked things off in early autumn by collecting conkers and as the season progressed we found acorns, beech nuts, chestnuts and sycamore seeds too. All of which got recorded in their nature journals and put on display in our home.

We also collected leaves, identified them with our tree guides and then got crafty with them!

And then to finish things off we each picked out a tree in the park to return to and study throughout the year so as to record the seasonal changes.

Here is the photo evidence:

Have you been enjoying all the autumn leaves and seeds?

{Wild Challenge} Wild Camp Out!

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The girls completed another experience nature activity as part of their RSPB Wild Challenge. We actually did this one back in the summer, I’m just slow getting up on the blog!

We decided to have a wild camp out in our very own back garden, setting up camp in the afternoon, enjoying a barbecue together in the evening, followed by s’mores and a few camp fire stories as the sun set and then a spot of bat watching.

It was a real hit!

Unfortunately the girls missed the one and only bat I saw before having to go to sleep as they were quickly fading, but we promised to take them on another bat (and owl) hunt on another night.

Here is the photo evidence:

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When was the last time you went camping?

{Wild Challenge} Feed the Birds

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The girls have ticked off their first help nature activity as part of their RSPB Wild Challenge bronze award, meaning we’re now half way to achieving it! This time they got their hands sticky in an attempt to feed the birds.

We stocked up on nuts, bird seed, suet bites and meal worms and mixed it all together with some grated cheese, raisins and lard. We were able to create 7 yogurt pot sized bird feeders for hanging around the garden as well as a bird food cake to put in our ground feeder.

Our resident robin in particular is especially appreciating their efforts and the girls feel pleased they are helping nature right in their own back yard.

Here is the photo evidence:

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When was the last time you fed the birds?

{Wild Challenge} Bird Watching

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The girls have ticked off another experience nature activity as part of their RSPB Wild Challenge bronze award, this time by going bird watching. They made use of a break in the rainy weather a couple of weeks back and embarked on a Daddy expedition to the bird hides by vale pond taking with them their nature supplies complete with binoculars, camera, field guide, clipboards and of course, those all important snacks.

They managed to spot snipes and coots, herring gulls and ducks, great tits and pigeons, a robin, blackbird and plenty of crows.

Here is the photo evidence:

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When was the last time you went birdwatching?

{Wild Challenge} Signs of Spring

RSPB Wild Challenge | Signs of Spring | The Open Home

This year we’ve decided to take on the RSPB Wild Challenge as a family and we’re currently working towards our Bronze Award. For each award you need to complete three “Experience Nature” activities and three “Help Nature” activities. We started with an experience nature activity looking for signs of spring in our beloved weekly nature spot, Candie Gardens.

We spied new buds, admired spring bulbs, sniffed sweet blossoms, counted petals, compared leaves, listened to bird song and hunted for bugs and frogs.

Here’s our photo evidence:

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What are your favourite signs of spring?