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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, or phone 07885169111

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Group news and diary

January 2016 - Where's Wally?

We started 2016 with an orienteering session finding out all about the points of the compass, maps, map reading, map symbols and followed this up by gowing outside and on to the Quarry Lane Local Nature Reserve to test our skills!

A short nature trail with points of the compass directions got us covering quite a few of the paths around the River Maun and on the way we checked on the hedgehog home we had made on the reserve last October.

The Wildlife Watchers impressed themselves with their orienteering skills!

Poster January - June 2016

Swap ‘Screen Time’ for Green Time and
enjoy outdoor activities on Titchfield Park and Quarry Lane
and Oakham Nature Reserves.

Saturday 2 January Where’s Wally?
Saturday 6 February Hot off the Press
Saturday 5 March Feast or Famine
Saturday 2 April Scarecrows
Saturday 7 May Nature’s Pallet
Saturday 4 June Dress Code

It's Christmas Again! 5 December 2015

20 children attended our Christmas session to create reindeer pictures and models of Rudolph made from natural materials.

After a health and safety talk, the children used saws and knives to cut and whittle the sticks to make and fit legs for their reindeer. Some great results and lots of homes in the Mansfield area are now decorated with wooden reindeers!

A new poster and flyer for 2016 will be published soon. Our next WW session is on Saturday 2 January 2016.

Birds of Prey - 7 November 2015

We welcomed Willow Falconry to our Wildlife Watch Group on Saturday morning and what a great turnout of people! Paul showed us a male and female kestrel, a peregrine falcon, a tawny owl and a barn owl. Lots of children and adults took the opportunity to handle the barn owl - an amazing experience to get so close to wildlife and appreciate the wonder of nature.

We were lucky enough to have some donated owl pellets from a farm on the Nottinghamshire border for the children to investigate - the owls had eaten lots of voles, birds and even frogs! FSC charts were brilliant once again.

Peter the Hedgehog

Sarah found me today when she was at Holme Pierrepont attending the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust members' day and AGM! She's named me Peter and she says that I'm going to spend a few days with her and on Saturday
7 November, I'm going to the Mansfield & Ashfield Wildlife Watch session from 10.30 - 12.30 at St. Mark's Church Hall, Nottingham Road, Mansfield. She says I'll meet lots of children aged about 8 - 13 who love nature and wildlife. Sarah says they made a beautiful hedgehog home last month on the Quarry Lane Local Nature Reserve. Wildlife Watch sounds brilliant to me! I wonder if I'll be able to go and stay with one of the Wildlife Watch children!