Summer Wildlife Activities – 2016

Nature is good for us!  Research has shown being in or even just viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear and stress, and contributes to physical wellbeing by reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.  So, this summer, try to get out and about to make the most of the huge variety of events and opportunities to explore wildlife which will be happening in Kent for both families and adults.  For example…

 

The Medway Valley Countryside Partnership have some family events in July and August such as pond dipping, mini-beast safaris and wild crafts www.medwayvalley.org/events/


 

The Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT) has an events calendar of study days for adults and events for families throughout the year, see www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on.

For example, you could try some Wildlife Holiday Fun on Friday 22nd or 29th July at Bough Beech Visitor Centre (booking required).


 

The RSPB also have many events for various ages throughout the year:

www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/events/handson_activities.aspx


 

Seaside fun!

Shoresearch is a valuable way for grown-ups to enjoy the seaside whilst contributing to important data gathering  www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/living-seas/shoresearch

There are also opportunities for children to join in e.g. Rocky Rockpooling at Lower Lees Country Park on Monday 25th July or 4th or 23rd August (details in the KWT events calendar).


 

Batty about bats!

There are many opportunities to go on a bat walk and hear as well as see some bats going about their evening foraging. Bat Walks are listed on the Kent Bat Group What’s On page


 

Kent Country Parks

Throughout the summer holidays, some Country Parks in Kent (e.g. Lullingstone and Shorne Woods)  provide opportunities for families to explore and discover nature and wildlife through their Summer Holiday Activity Trails (see: www.whatsoninkentlocal.com/countryparks/search/ and put in the date range you are interested in). Alternatively, drop in between 10am and 3pm pick up a trail sheet and explore the park following the self-led trail and see what you can discover.

 


If you are able to get down to Dover, then look at the Up on the Downs website for details of their Big Summer Festival 22nd July to 7th Aug www.uponthedowns.org.uk You could meet some grassland groovers, rockpool rockers, the warrior monks of Springfield, or have your selfie projected onto the white cliffs!

 

We hope you can get out there and enjoy God’s wonderful wildlife this summer.

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