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What is a Watch Group?


There are around 300 Watch groups across the UK. By going along to a Watch group you will be able to make friends with other nature detectives and have lots of fun taking part in all sorts of practical activities - from pond dipping to wildlife safaris.


Watch Groups are organised by volunteer Leaders who know about the local places and wildlife. They generally work with their young members and local experts to organise all kinds of wildlife and environmental activities: 

• badger watching
• bat detecting
• pond-dipping
• wildlife campaigns
• wildlife gardening
• mini-beast pootering
• arts & crafts
• environmental games
• tree health surveys
• composting
• woodland wanders - and much, much more!


Most Watch groups are open to children of all ages but some are run for specific age groups such as the under-fives or teenagers.


Contact the Watch organiser at your local Wildlife Trust to find out about groups near you. This is the best way to check things like whether local Watch groups have space for new members, whether they are open to all ages or if an adult needs to stay with you. Every group is different – but they’re all fun. Going along to a Watch group is free in some places but often there is a small sub to help cover stuff like refreshments or materials.