© Emma Bradshaw
Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental action club for kids. If you care about nature and the environment and want to explore your local wildlife, this is the club for YOU!
Our aim is to encourage young people to get stuck into environmental activities. Taking part in Wildlife Watch is an exciting way to explore your surroundings and get closer to the wildlife you share it with. In Northumberland that could be otters, water voles or even the endangered red squirrel!
Wildlife Watch groups are supported by volunteer leaders, who work with young members and local experts to organise all kinds of wildlife and environmental activities, from pond dipping to mini beast hunting, arts and crafts to wildlife gardening! We currently have one group running - the North Northumberland Wildlife Watch Group - so join their sessions and have fun! If you would like to start a Watch group of your own, why not get in touch with us and we will be happy to support you.
Alternatively, we also work with other youth/community groups, and would be happy to get involved with you, delivering wildlife themed activities for a variety of ages. If you run a group, or maybe belong to one yourself, we can come along and run an exciting session to get everybody involved in Wildlife Watching!
We have also created a fantastic Environmental Education Activities Pack, full of activities suitable for ages 4-14. Each section of the pack includes all the information and resources you would need to run a successful environmental activity. The pack has been designed with five of our sites in mind (St Nicholas Park, Fencerhill Woods, Weetslade Country Park, Big Waters and Prestwick Carr) but can be adapted and used at any site of your choice! The packs are £10 to buy (in book or CD form) and can be purchased from our shop.
A great way to get involved with our Wildlife Watch programme is through membership with the Trust. You can join as a whole family, or purchase Watch memberships for only £15 annually, which covers up to four children at one address.
If you join Wildlife Watch as a member you'll get all sorts of exciting wildlife goodies throughout the year. This includes four issues of Wildlife Watch magazines, as well as posters, stickers, activity books and more - in fact, why not see for yourself? You can also take part in one of our new Wildlife Watch award schemes. Best of all, by being a member you'll be helping to protect your local wildlife. Fantastic!
We also have a really wild website which sends out a monthly e-newsletter full of wild ideas and nature-spotting tips. And the very best thing about Wildlife Watch is that you’ll be helping Northumberland Wildlife Trust to care for the wildlife where you live! Isn’t that great?