Saturday 7th November 2015: Woodland Wildlife and Dens

Wildlife Explorers headed to our closest RSPB reserve, Coombes Valley, to explore the woodland play trail and try their hand at a spot of den building.

As well as considering the way different creatures adapt to the changing seasons Explorers were set a variety of challenges as they followed the play trail. As well as discovering the Storytelling Circle and Fairy Village, Explorers had fun with the balance beams, stepping stones and bucket-pull.

In recognition of the group’s 30th Anniversary celebrations two teams also used the latest additions to the trail, a huge wooden xylophone and a hanging sound sculpture to create unusual renditions of ‘Happy Birthday’.

The den building challenge saw teams creating a woodland shelter to provide a safe retreat from winter weather conditions. Using natural materials the teams set about building a den that would be waterproof, windproof, warm, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Junior Leader Kat bravely agreed to be the tester for the dens and was liberally sprinkled with rain (water) and snow (flour) in the process.

The group had a fabulous time at the reserve enjoying the autumnal landscape. The Coombes Valley play trail is open to the public and a great excuse to get outside in nature all year round.

Photos by Darren Mayer.

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