Friday, 24 May 2013

25 wild adventures...


Here are our top 25 'wild' adventures that we're planning to do this summer and even better most are FREE! 

1 - Camp Out

Summer is the perfect time to sleep under the stars, whether it's in your back garden or on a family holiday! Get out your tent and cook tea on an open fire. 

2 - Climb a Hill 
Climb to the top of the highest hill, how far can you see? Then run or roll back down again!

3 - Geocaching 
Technology and old fashioned treasure hunts meet. Use smartphones or GPS to locate hidden containers called "caches" hidden around the countryside. www.geocaching.com

4 - Canoe down a River
Canoe down river and get an otters eye view of the natural world. 

5 - Make Hedgerow Jam
In late summer pick blackberries, crab apples and elder berries from hedgerows and make into hedgerow jam with sugar. 

6 - Make a Pooter 
Discover insects up close by making a pooter from an old jam jar. 

7 - Go on a Bat Walk 
Warm clear nights are perfect for spotting bats - looking for bat watching events near you as experts will have detectors to help you identify the different bat species you may see. 

8 - Fossil Hunt 
Discover wildlife that lived 180 million years ago, by visiting local cliffs or quarries to look for fossils. 

9 - Track a Wild Animal 
Take advantage of rainy days by looking for animal footprints that have been made in the mud. Look in woodlands for deer slots, fox and badger prints to make plaster casts

10 - Hopper Hunt 
Lie in a nature reserve on a sunny day and listen for grasshoppers and crickets as they 'striate'. Can you see them jump between the tall wild grasses and flowers? 

11 - Look for Nibbled Nuts! 
Visit a woodland and look on the floor for nuts, by examining the marks you can tell what animal nibbled them, is it a mouse, squirrel or the elusive dormouse? 

12 - Play Pooh Sticks
There's nothing better than racing sticks along a meandering river, drop them from a bridge and cheer until yours wins! 

13 - Bushcraft Adventures
Have you ever wanted to learn how to light a fire, build a shelter or whittle a spoon? Look in local press for bushcraft events near you, if you've ever fancied yourself as the next Ray Mears or Bear Grylls! 

14 - Wild Photography
Whether you've a camera phone or an SLR then get snapping, make a nature journal of all the things you photograph over the summer. 

15 - Make Damper Bread 
Damper or Campfire bread is easy to make, you cook it by twisting pencil shaped bread around a green stick over a real fire, turning so it doesn't burn! 

16 - Perseid Meteor Shower 
From the 10th - 13th August you can watch the Perseid Meteors race across the night sky, one of the fastest and brightest meteor showers of the year. 

17 - Owl Pellets
Look for owl pellets under trees and roost sites. These are regurgitated by owls, who can't digest small mammal bones and fur. By gently teasing them apart using cocktail sticks or tweezers you can see what the owls last supper was! Expect to find mice, vole and shrew bones, maybe even mole or frog too! 

18 - Collect Tree Seeds to Plant 
Grow a forest of the future by collecting native tree seeds and planting them. To test of they're OK to plant, put them in water and if they sink they won't germinate, so plant the floaters! 

19 - Glow Worms 
After dusk look for glow worms these tiny insects glow like an LED torch and are easy to spot once your eyes become accustomed to the dark! 

20 - Rockpooling
If you are lucky enough to go to the seaside this summer, take a fishing net and bucket and see what you can discover in rockpools or try crabbing.

21 - Eat Peas Straight from the Pod!
Grow and eat your own peas straight from the garden you could always make a scarecrow too.

22 - Ride a Bike
Pack a picnic and ride your bike through country lanes.

23 - Wild Swim
Visit secret coves and quiet riverbanks and dip your toes into the chilly water. Find places near you.

24 - Make a Nature Diary
Fill it with pressed flowers, drawings and observations of all the naturey goodness you find.

25 - Lie in a Wild Flower Meadow
Lie in a wild flower meadow, close your eyes and listen to the grass swaying in the breeze, the bees hover from flower to flower and the sound of skylarks in the sky. 

3 comments:

  1. Would you please share your recipe for hedgerow jam?Thank you!
    Daniela

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  2. They all sound wonderful and I may well nick a few ideas. I have been meaning to make damper bread for ages, that is a certainty for this summer's list. The climb a hill one makes me feel guilty - it has been ages since we were up on the Malverns and I look at them every day! That is one for this half term for sure! X

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  3. Wonderful blog! These are a great ideas!!

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