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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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3 October 2015

A wonderful drawing of a hedgehog - well done Chloe

October 2015

We built a hedgehog house!

Wildlife in Winter

Today's focus was all about hedgehogs. The children cut out templates for the size hole in a fence or a gap in the garden to enable our hedgehogs to have access between our gardens and green spaces - it's all about connectivity and creating a hedgehog highway! Some great pictures of hedgehogs were drawn too.
The children had "Brought a Brick to Wildlife Watch" ! We went on the nature reserve, found a good sheltered rough area and built our hedgehog home, using the donated bricks, a couple of slabs for the base and roof, added straw, leaves and moss for warmth and finally lots of scrub laid over and around it to give some camouflage.
And back to the hall for refreshments and a game of True and False facts about hedgehogs.

No fear of worms!

Lucky we had hand washing facilities with us on the nature reserve before we tucked into chocolate finger biscuits!

Charming Worms - September 2015

We got close up to worms - with care we looked at how worms move, looked at their heads, tails, segments, saddles etc... We talked about what worms eat, where they live and how worms help our environment and then, in small groups, the children selected a patch of ground to "charm the worms".

Some groups found it difficult to encourage the worms to the surface even though they tried lots of different techniques! Others were really successful and found some mature earthworms that were big enough to identify: a lob worm (as thick as a pencil and a flat tail like a paddle) and a blue grey worm, with a distinct yellow tail.