Have you heard about the RSPB wild challenge? Sometimes it is helpful to have some extra ideas for things to do outdoors. If you are struggling for some ideas then pop over and give the wild challenge a go. The children (and us adults) are really enjoying working through the list of activities.
We have already built a bug hotel and hedgehog cafe so next on the challenge list we thought we would do rock pooling and pool dipping. Both activities are really fun and easy to do, it costs nothing more than a net and a bucket. You can get guides to take with you to help guide you on what you are finding or just take the nets and guess what the creatures are that you find.
We are lucky to have so many beautiful rivers and ponds on the doorstep but if you don’t have any ponds then have a go at making one with a plastic box, a few stones, and put some plants in and see what creatures you attract.
Personally I am not one for lying on the beach, I much prefer to be in the rock pools and I think my children have inherited this love of rock pooling from me.
The seas around the UK can uncover some of the most wonderful wildlife. When the waves retreat and the tide is low you can get a glimpse of lots of weird and wonderful wildlife that inhabit it. The ponds in the UK can have a whole different world of creatures to discover too.
Rockpooling is a fantastic activity that people of all ages can enjoy. Leaning over the small pools of water that form on the rocky shoreline, you can find a huge range of creatures that you might otherwise never know were there.
Crabs, shrimps, anemones, limpets, snails and starfish can all commonly be seen in rockpools around the coast. My son loved the limpets and with a careful swift twist they can be pulled off the rocks but of course placed straight back afterward.
Pond skaters, dragonflies, newts, frogs, sticklebacks can be found in ponds, take pictures or make notes on any creatures found and if you are not sure what they are do some research with children when you get back home. You can take a microscope with you to get a better look but we prefer to travel light!
The best places to find interesting creatures are fairly sheltered rocky shores, on shingle or sandy beaches. You could also search around boulders, piers and pontoons which often contain interesting nooks and crannies for wildlife to hide in.