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Aug-2013

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School holidays don’t stop Wild Wonder Days. And this summer has been a fantastic one for wildlife & photography activities with young people. Working with WWT, Playing Out, ARKive and so many wildlife-passionate children we’ve discovered the minibeasts of Bristol streets, nature of London wetlands, puffins on Skomer Island, nocturnal events at a village pond and hopefully encouraged a few more people to get outside to discover & photograph their local wildlife. Take a look at my guest blog for ARKive  ‘Photo-tips  for young wildlife photographers’

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Exploring the London Wetland Centre with children and their parents on a photography workshop is sure to produce some wonderful encounters. Four inspiring families and plenty of wild delights – it was a special day. Ben, one of the young photographers (& one to watch out for in the future) took this stunning shot. He keeps a regular blog of his wildlife discoveries and photography – do take a look at bensbirdsandbeastlybugs blog.

Playing out pic

Wildlife discovery begins at home – so I was delighted to team up with the inspirational team at Playing Out to lead a wildlife safari in their own Bristol street. Scouring the pavements, walls hedges and front gardens for wildlife, the children and their parents left no stone unturned (literally!) discovering so much wildlife and having a fabulous time. Take a look at the Playing Out blog from the session.

Pond dipping

Joining forces with Stroud Valleys Project we held an exciting night-time and morning pond-dipping session – hoping to discover great crested newts and to encourage local families to enjoy a newly created local pond. Perfect weather for the nocturnal session it was a wonderful night to be out late with so many families – the children discovered many frogs and toads, but sadly no newts. Probably too late in the season for the newts – we will definitely repeat it earlier next year.   (Photo. Matt Bigwood)

And the puffins were with my own children – we enjoyed the beauty of Skomer Island and its amazing birdlife. More on this in my next blog

 

 

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