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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

Gone to Pot - Results - Grass Hair is growing!

Dan's been looking after his grass hair and it's even had one hair cut so far!

See Dan's photos - now you see him then you don't!

Gone to Pot! April 2015

We bought lots of packets of seeds with our Garden Voucher which we won last year as part of our Best New Wildlife Watch Group award.

Compost, flower pots, seeds, self-sets and re-potting plants - learning all about how to grow plants successfully. The children enjoyed making faces on flower pots and then sowing grass seeds - hopefully they'll take photos of their "grass heads" and have fun cutting different hairstyles!

A walk on the nature reserve too to look out for signs of spring. We found lesser celandines, primroses, blackthorn blossom, frogspawn and toads in the scrape.

Nesting Pairs - March 2015

We started with a matching pairs of birds game which linked to our last session and got us chatting about birds once again.

We'd brought in a collection of different natural materials that birds might use to build their nests and even had an old robin's nest to look at and work out how the nest had been made.

A lovely walk to the nature reserve, where we spread the nesting materials in amongst the brambles and then the children ran backwards and forwards collecting different materials to try and build a nest - great effort but none as good as our old robin's nest! Lots of great chatter about birds and where they nest.

Next session will be on Easter Saturday - We're Going to Pot! Do join us if you can.

Birds of a Feather - 7 February 2015

Some of our Wildlife Watch children brought evidence of their carrots growing (or not, as the case may be!) in their pots of soil, clay and a mixture of the two - great work and we hope those successful carrots continue to grow.

Birds of a feather was all about how some birds stay together and others don't but the most important part of the session was learning how to use binoculars for the first time. The WW children listened carefully, had a practice session indoors and then we went to the reserve to test our skills - looking at the swans, coots, moorhens, gulls and even a little grebe! They were easier to focus in on than the crows, robins and great tits but everyone had a good try. The children were impressed with themselves and found focusing on bird poo just as much fun as bird watching! Next session on 7 March - Nesting Pairs.

NWT Mansfield & Ashfield Local Group

Don't miss our next talk on bats by Michael Walker. He will tell us all about bats in this county and elsewhere in Britain.

Tuesday 10 February at 1900 at Bridge Street Methodist Church, Bridge St. Mansfield NG18 1AL

Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a member of NWT.
Donation of £3.00 to cover costs and refreshments

For more information, e.g. where to park e mail
sarah.spurry@ntlworld.com