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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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Saturday 7 February - Birds of a Feather

Saturday 7 March - Nesting Pairs

Saturday 4 April - Gone to Pot

Saturday 2 May - Cuckoos and GPS

Saturday 6 June - Another dip at the pond

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You may have missed Mud Glorious Mud but you can join us on the first Saturday of the month - you don't have to be a member of Notts Wildlife Trust - anyone aged 8 - 13 can join us.

Mud Glorious Mud - January 2015

Buckets of soil, talking about soil, touching the sandy soil from Mansfield and the clay soil from only a few miles away - lots of chat about rock, dead organic matter, living organisms - bacteria, fungi, worms etc.. and we carried out a few messy experiments and activities to test the best soil to use for planting carrots.

The children planted carrot seeds in three different pots - sandy soil, clay and a mixture of the two. At home, we hope they're going to care for their carrot pots and find out which soil is best for growing carrots - we remembered our farm visit in 2014.

After all that, we ventured outside and to a muddy section of the park where our Wildlife Watchers enjoyed squelching in glorious mud - lucky everyone remembered to wear their willies!

Christmas Celebrations - December 2014

Christmas Journey Trees - a variation on the theme of Journey Sticks!

A walk in the park to enjoy the winter sunshine and as we walked we collected natural materials - leaves, feathers, small twigs and berries and went back to the hall to decorate paper Christmas trees - our Christmas Journey Trees - some great results.

Chocolate money, Christmas gingerbread shapes and hot chocolate to celebrate the season.

Autumn Farm Visit - 1 November 2014

Another visit to the farm - this time to see the farm in autumn. We welcomed off the bus by Pip the Jack Russell for the start of another memorable visit.

We met up with the Birklands Bird Ringing Group and the children saw song birds at close quarters and had an opportunity to handle and release some of the birds - a wonderful opportunity and many thanks to Andy Lowe for giving the Wildlife Watch children such an amazing experience.

We also joined Robert Bealby for a walk around his farm showing us the sugar beet, leeks, carrots, oil seed rape, maize and the horses and their foals. It was all so interesting and gave the children a chance to appreciate what life on a busy working farm is like. A huge thank you to the Bealbys for giving up their time so generously for WW.

We were lucky enough to picnic in the sun on 1 November before getting back on the bus for our journey home - a happy group of Wildlife Watchers!