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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

Farm Visit - May 2014

What a fabulous day we had at the farm - we received such a warm welcome from the farmer, his wife and their dogs. We arrived just at the right time to witness new life on the farm - two lambs were born during our visit!
The farm walk introduced everyone to growing crops on a large scale, bed and breakfast for the birds, woodland, horses, huge farm machinery and the grain store.
The weather was on our side and we had a picnic in the sunshine and there was just time before we got back on the buses to watch the farmer bottle feed some of the lambs. Some of the children were then given an opportunity to help with the bottle feeding.
Lots of happy Wildlife Watchers who all hope to make a return visit!

Gone to seed - April 2014

Our Wildlife Watchers quickly got involved in the intro activity which was making a flag or label for their plant tin. Yes, we used old biscuit tins and the children used hammers and a nail to make holes in the base of the tin, before filling it with compost and choosing some flower or vegetable seeds to sow. Some of the children decorated the surface with stones, small sticks etc...and took their miniature gardens home to watch them grow!
This month's photo shows our Wildlife Watchers at our Local Nature Reserve, sowing wildflower seeds alongside the new path to the pond dipping area/scrape. We hope the poppies will be out in June in time for the commemoration of the start of World War I.

Award Ceremony - March 2014

We couldn't have achieved this award without all the support from our
Wildlife Watch children, their parents, grandparents and carers, our leaders and helpers, Notts Wildlife Trust staff, St. Mark's Church, Mansfield.

Thank you everyone and Well Done!

Don't think we'd win any prizes for our photography!!

Magical Migration

Back to the park and we had special permission for pavement art!

The children found out how to use a compass and we located North East South and West and ways to remember the points - Never Eat Shredded Wheat or Naughty Elephants Squirt Water!!

Chalk and Talk - drawing a map of the world and learning about some of the birds migrating to visit us soon and appreciating how far they travel and the hazardous journeys they make.

The children then warmed up by playing a Bird Migration Tag game.

Barking Mad - February 2014

Lots of activities about trees and bark:

We went to Titchfield Park to look at the trees in winter and took a close look at the bark of some of our native trees. We learnt all about the protective skin of the trees and how it protects the trees from the weather and attack from animals and diseases.

Some of the children chose to do some bark rubbing, some pressed our mixture of bird seed and lard into the crevices of the tree bark and some used winter twigs to make 3D art in the park!