Imagine finding a rhino in the woods!  This wonderful discovery was made by a 9yr old pupil last week during a school Wild Wonder safari. Walking just 10 minutes from their school, the children discovered orchids, rare butterfly habitat and this miniature horned creature – a rhino beetle. I’d certainly never seen one before!

Rhino

Bringing the Wild Wonder to the Festival of Nature and working with schools, teachers, adult groups and grasshoppers in their wild environments, it has been an amazing summer of wild learning. During June I worked with 1000’s of children in 11 schools.

GrasshopperOrchid

Enjoying the emergence of marbled white butterflies and discovering frog orchids on  Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust cotswold reserves.

Marbled

Over the past week I’ve spoken about Wild Wonder at three conferences. On Tuesday we launched the Wild Wonder Gloucestershire project to schools – focussing on achievement, accessibility and opportunities for all children. And last week Wild Wonder was at the #Thisisaclassroom conference in Bristol – taking teachers outside for photography & discovery sessions in the natural environment.

Classroom

Joining Bristol Green Capital 2015 at the Festival of Nature to showcase the amazing photographs by Bristol school children as part of the Wild Wonder Bristol project. There was a fantastic response by visitors – all impressed by the diversity of wildlife and quality of the images.  Can’t wait for the full exhibition in September.

FON

And we even attracted Bill Oddie to the tent!

Oddie

And not forgetting water voles – sorry, they will have to wait until my next blog

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