Nature activities you can still do during lockdown with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has launched a series of virtual nature challenges that families can do in their gardens or areas near their homes.
There's a different activity every week and children are able to earn a virtual hedgehog sticker.
This week, children are being asked to spot 'whose poo is it?'
"We're asking children to become nature detectives and look for clues that animals are using their gardens or areas near their homes.
"This could be paw prints, poo clues, feathers, egg shells or nibbled nuts and leaves," said Leanne Smart, education and community officer for the Trust.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust says it is easiest to spot prints in muddy places, but you could try setting up a footprint trap. Leave a sand-filled tray outside your house overnight and see who’s been to visit in the morning. Have a ruler to hand because the size of the print is a great indicator of the animal that made it; the same is true for droppings.
How the nature challenge works:
Lincs Wildlife Trust will suggest an outdoor activity every week.
Take photos or pictures of what you find or write about your discoveries. Share these on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild-Time in Lincolnshire’ Facebook page to receive your sticker.
Collect eight stickers and they'll send an electronic certificate.
Challenges will be launched every Tuesday on the Wild-Time in Lincolnshire Facebook page. They will also be sharing activity ideas and spotter guides for families to download and print at home.
The Wildlife Watch Hedgehog Award
Whilst the UK is in lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has stopped running its popular Wildlife Watch groups. The Hedgehog Award is usually run through the Wildlife Watch groups with children receiving their award once they have taken part in eight nature activities. Whilst that's not possible, the Trust is opening the Hedgehog Awards as a virtual challenge to all families to encourage them to discover the wildlife on their doorstep.