Feed the ducks

Do you have a local river, canal or pond with resident ducks?  Offering food to wild animals is rewarding in so many ways, but ducks, swans and geese are especially fun as they are often very accustomed to being near humans so it’ s wonderful opportunity to study their behaviour up close. Birds are especially…

Make a woodpile

A woodpile is a great habitat for insects including beetles, and you can find a surprising amount of wildlife when you look a little closer. Woodpiles occur naturally when fallen trees decompose in woodland. As the wood begins to decay, it is colonised by fungus which begins to break down the woody fibres, softening the…

Scavenge for sea glass

If you’re close to the seashore or banks of a river, a close look at the pebbles might reveal rounded shards of milky white, green or blue glass. Instead of being shiny like new glass, sea glass has been buffeted and worn down by the scrubbing action of rocks, pebbles and sand over many years….

Enjoy a rainy day!

Rain can sometimes make us feel glum, but there’s no need to be stuck inside. Showers can stimulate all of your senses and refresh your mind. Find yourself the biggest, deepest puddle you can and jump in feet first, or ditch the umbrella and enjoy catching rain on your tongue. Put out some upside-down pots,…

Make a home for hedgehogs

Who doesn’t love a hedgehog? If you are lucky enough to have these spiky mammals snuffling around your garden at night, why not make them a comfortable home? Hedgehogs are unmistakable, and are a true gardeners friend. They enjoy eating beetles and other insects, as well as slugs, so are an effective natural method of…

Watch a wild webcam

You don’t always have to go outside to explore nature: some amazing spectacles are available to you in the comfort of your own home through the wonderful technology of webcams! There are webcams positioned all around the world, ready to bring the natural world to your screen, and a selection have been listed below –…

Feed the birds

This is a wonderful activity to invite a little bit of wildness right onto your doorstep. No matter where you live, there is a good chance that the local bird life will appreciate your generosity. There are many types of feeders available but the simplest is a bird table or hanging post that you can…

Let your lawn go wild

This is a very easy activity to do  – in fact, you don’t have to do anything! If you have a lawn in your garden, try leaving it to grow instead of giving it a mow! A well looked-after lawn may look quite nice, but it is not an ideal habitat for wildlife. It’s what…

Get whittling

When was the last time you carved a piece of wood? Many adults have done this at some point in their childhood, and it’s a very satisfying past-time. Even if you don’t plan to carve anything specific, whittling is a peaceful and calming activity for people of all ages. Best of all, you only need…

Help to make a bird’s nest

In Springtime, you may be lucky enough to see adult birds gathering materials to build their nests. You can help by supplying them with some lovely, comfy materials! Birds build nests of very differnce shapes and sizes, from the tinest goldcrest nest at just 10cm to the huge messy nests of eagles which can be…