Games and fun in the great outdoors
CHILDREN are going wild for a new nature group that launched in Exeter last autumn.
Members of Exeter Wildlife Watch have been enjoying lots of walks, games and fun in the great outdoors during the winter months.
The club meets on the last Sunday of every month at Sylvania Community Hall in Mincinglake Valley Park, and is open to all families.
The group, run under the umbrella of Devon Wildlife Trust and Transition Exeter, aims to provide a regular venue for families interested in wildlife to meet for walks, games and to generally enjoy the great outdoors.
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It was initiated by seven-year-old Ali Waters, who wanted to share his enthusiasm for nature with other children and their families. The group is led by Ali with help from 11-year-old Tim Stripp and adult helpers.
Past themes have included harvest and fruiting trees, and orchards. Last month the group enjoyed bark rubbing and tree ID, and collected some of nature's 'gifts' to make Christmas decorations and cards.
Cllr Catherine Dawson, Labour and co-operative member for Mincinglake Ward, said: "Mincinglake Valley Park gives children and their families a precious opportunity to enjoy wild green spaces in an otherwise urban environment, and the wildlife watch group is a really fun way to explore it further."
The next meeting is being held on Sunday, January 27, at Mincinglake from 10am. There is no joining fee but a donation of £1 to £2 covers the club's costs.
However, this month is free because the club has organised a tree-planting morning. As many people as possible are invited to come to join them in planting trees.
The wildlife fun also continues in the afternoon at 2pm when members can join in another event.
Exeter Green Walks are meeting at Exeter Cathedral to walk the green circle footpath to Mincinglake just in time for the City Fruit Wassail Celebration at the community orchard in Mincinglake, which will include singing, dancing, storytelling and mulled cider.
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