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Mansfield & Ashfield

 
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Our Watch Group was launched in October 2012, for young people aged over 8 in the Mansfield & Ashfield area. We do lots of fun activities exploring our local nature reserves. We meet at St Mark's Church Hall, Nottingham Road, Mansfield on the first Saturday of each month, 10.30 - 12.30am. Come and join in the fun! As this group is now quite full, to book your first session please contact: Sarah Spurry, Watch Leader, email:sarah.spurry@ntlworld.com or phone 07885169111

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Group news and diary

Dress Code - June 2016

Brilliant session with 18 Wildlife Watchers joining us for our version of Well Dressing - see below

Fantastic use of colour, enthusiasm from all our young people to get involved, share resources and take a step back and appreciate their work.

Thanks to Ian and Dorothy for making the wooden base - see the photo to realise what we achieved.

We also launched our 30 days wild calendar for the children to complete during the month of June and Ewan was awarded a Wildlife Watch T shirt and certificate for his Hedgehog Award - well done Ewan.

Nature's Palette - May 2016

We chatted about all the colours in nature - wow! Colour everywhere - plants, animals, birds etc.. camouflage, warning colours, pollination, warning colours, cold colours, warm colours and colours changing with the seasons.

We had WW Nature's Palette cards from WW magazines and went onto the reserve to look for different plants, leaves, etc - colours galore! The children made sticky bookmarks or collected natural materials to place inside their home made flower presses (made at the start of the session - squares of cardboard, paper towels and elastic bands).
Leah was our photographer and she did a brilliant job - thank you Leah.

April 2016 - Scarecrows

Some fabulous scarecrows are now on the allotment plots on Quarry Lane in Mansfield - some brilliant creations and the children had fun making them and dressing them in their old clothes, shoes and hats.

Well done everyone - we've got loads of really good scarecrow photos.

March 2016 - Feast or Famine

All about prey and predators - the children made animal masks and we chatted about food chains (grassland, ponds and oceans) and then it was time to go to the park to play a variety of prey and predator games.

We had to keep moving as it was such a cold day so after a lot of running around, crossing rivers and catching prey, we headed back to the hall for some well earned hot chocolate!

February 2016 - Hot off the Press!

What don't we know about paper?

We all know now where paper comes from, how paper is recycled, how they make cardboard, loo paper and even the brown cardboard roll inside the loo paper!

We were stuck indoors because of the wet weather, so we cut out paper fish and played flying fish games! This was followed by making papier mache animals and birds.