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Nature and outdoors

We hope you are managing to get out and about each day for some fresh air and exercise and to see how wildlife is changing through the seasons. We had an amazing Spring and fingers crossed for s sunny Summer! We have loved seeing lots of your nature inspired art and discoveries - keep them coming!

Below are some amazing webcam sites to get up close to some awesome UK wildlife and also lots of websites with ideas to help you get out and enjoy nature. Send us some pictures of what you get up to!

Springwatch is back!! Mrs Walker is soooo excited!! 

The show aired live in May and June but their Twitter feed is still full of amazing nestbox footage and wildlife up close!

Go wild with 30 Days Wild!

A brilliant campaign from the Wildlife Trusts, 30 Days Wild has lots of great ideas for going wild with nature! There’s a nature table, nature bingo, wallchart to fill out with your family and a poster to colour - see below. Their fantastic ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ cards can be found here or you can sign up and download them all from the Wildlife Trusts website. The campaign ran throughout June but there’s no reason not to stay wild! We’d love to see photos of your wildness and have set up a nature gallery (every day is a wild day for Mrs Walker!!) so please email them in or tweet them to us @vppbristol #30dayswild  There is also a 30 days wild app with even more acts of wildness:  https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild/App

More nature webcams - choose from this amazing array to watch wildlife up close, from badgers to puffins and everything in between!

 https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/webcams

Osprey webcams

Ospreys are spectacular birds and starting to become more well established across the UK mostly due to massive efforts by wildlife organisations and volunteers to provide and protect nesting sites.

Have a look at these webcams:

Rutland water - 2 chicks hatched on 8/5/20. Keep an eye on their Twitter Feed for the latest news.

 

Loch Arkaig - Follow Osprey pair Louis and Aila who are currently incubating 3 eggs

 

Check out this stunning slow motion footage of an Osprey fishing.

You can watch some BBC Osprey clips here and find out more on the RSPB website here

Peregrine Falcons

Take a look at the Peregrine Falcons of Salisbury Cathedral. 

The chicks have hatched!! You can watch them live on the webcam in the link above or on Salisbury Cathedral's Twitter feed. The female Peregrine (Sally!) laid 4 eggs, the first one laid on Mothers Day! The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on the planet! We are really lucky in Bristol as the Peregrine Falcons nest in the Avon Gorge and you can sometimes even see them in the city centre. Mrs Walker spotted them near Castle Park!

  • Learn about the Peregrine and hear their calls here
  • Watch a peregrine chasing a mountain biker down a mountain here!
  • Steve Backshall Peregrine vs Pigeon!

 

Get outside as much as you can and see what you can discover!

Here are some links with some great ideas to help you become a nature explorer:

 

The Woodland Trust

 

The School Run nature ideas

 

Backyard Nature

 

 

PECT

 

Royal Horticultural Society nature ideas

 

Wildlife Trusts

 

 

Outdoor maths ideas

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