Answering a call of nature has never been so much fun! In the UK we are lucky enough to have many nature reserves, wildlife centres, woodlands and parks which allow us all to enjoy Mother Nature at her finest. And they provide plenty of options for some fun summer nature activities with the kids, too!
Nature activities with the kids: North
With its two miles of golden sand, the beach at Portstewart Strand in Co Londonderry is a popular seaside spot. Follow the nature trail or spot the butterflies and wild flowers in the sand dunes. Open dawn to dusk with facilities open 10am-7pm (028 7083 6396).
Grab your walking shoes and your binoculars to join RSPB staff for a two-mile morning’s walk spotting seals and otters around Loch Langass in the Western Isles. Every Wednesday from 25 July to 29 August. Adults £5, under-16s go free. (07768 042547).
Meet some of the winged residents of the Silverband Falconry at the Lake District Visitor Centre at Windermere on 1 August. At the 11am and 1pm sessions you can also watch hunting and flying demonstrations.
Discover the North Yorkshire coast with visits to the Old Coastguard Station in Robin Hood’s Bay village. You can also learn all about the local landscape and its people at the Ravenscar Coastal Centre (01723 870423).
Nature activities with the kids: Central
Wear your walking shoes for the Wildlife Encounters Day at Plas Power Wood, Coedpoeth near Wrexham on 28 July where you may meet some of the owls (and even some snakes) living in the area. From 12-4pm, meet at Nant Mill (0845 293 5742).
The Linslade Canal Festival in Bedfordshire will be celebrating its 10th birthday on 28 July, at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Canal heritage, conservation projects and traditional crafts are on offer, accompanied by local entertainment. 11am-5pm (01525 631920).
Keep your eyes peeled for the creatures lurking in the dykes at the What Lies Beneath event at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Ranworth Broad on 27 July and 24 August, 1.30pm-3.30pm. £1.50 per child, accompanying adults go free (01603 625540).
Nature activities with the kids: South
Join a guided walk at the Buckfastleigh Caves in Devon, held every Wednesday and Thursday through August. Starting from the William Pengelly Caves Studies Centre in Russets Lane Buckfastleigh, these take up to 1½ hours. Family tickets including up to 3 children just £14 (01752 700 293).
Eco-crabbing is on the list for a day of activities planned on 1 September by Dorset’s Wildlife Trust’s at Mudeford Bay. The free Christchurch Living Seas event focuses on marine conservation. From 11am-4pm (01929 481044).
Splendifico! Hogweeds School of Wildlife Wizardry at RSPB Dungeness in Lydd invite apprentice witches and wizards to dress up for their Let’s Go Wild event on 22 August, and explore the magical world of wildlife. 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm. Non-RSPB members £3, accompanying adults £1 (01797 320588).
Booking is advised for some of these activities so do check details ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment.
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