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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Wildlife Watch gives youngsters the bug to be nature detectives

Youngster are being offered the opportunity to get close up to nature in one of the most beautiful parts of the county.

Wildlife Watch is to be staged for the second year in a row in Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Aimed at children aged five to eleven, the initiative allows children from across the Harrogate District to make friends with other nature detectives.

It enables them to get involved in practical activities such as bug hunting, woodland walks and pond dipping.

Organisers say it's perfect for children who care about nature and the environment and want to get out and about in the countryside.

The group meets monthly at venues across the area of outstanding natural beauty — from Masham in the North to Otley in the South — on the third Saturday of each month. The first session gets under way on 19 January at Brimham Rocks from 10am – 12pm.  Sessions cost £1 per child which includes a drink and a biscuit. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty development officer Sarah Kettlewell said: “Wildlife Watch was a great success in 2012 and we are really pleased that we are able to run it again this year. It is a great way for children to learn more about the natural environment in a fun and exciting way.”

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and is the UK’s leading environmental action club for children. The Nidderdale Wildlife Watch group has been set up by the Nidderdale AONB with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

For more information, contact the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty office on 01423 712950 or via email, or turn up on the day.