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Go wild in your park this summer with the RSPB and Aldi

Last modified: 26 May 2016

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RSPB launches new project, funded by supermarket Aldi, aimed at revealing the wild side of the City and to bring families across Newcastle and Gateshead closer to nature

The RSPB is encouraging families to go wild this summer as a part of a new project, which will see mini beast hunting, scavenger hunts and many other wildlife activities introduced to parks across Newcastle and Gateshead.

From May half-term holiday until September, visitors to a number of parks in Newcastle and Gateshead including Jesmond Dene and Saltwell Park will be able to join the RSPB for exciting nature activities that will help families get closer to nature and uncover the wildlife secrets on their door step.    

Sarah Given, RSPB Family Events Officer, said: “We’re lucky because Newcastle and Gateshead are teeming with amazing wildlife just waiting to be discovered. The summer is when nature comes alive and is the perfect time to get outside and explore the nature on our doorsteps.

“From bugs to butterflies, hedgehogs to house sparrows, this new scheme gives families a great opportunity to learn about wildlife, see how they can give nature a home and have fun.”

Only 10 per cent of children now regularly play outside in a natural setting, compared to 40 per cent in the 1970’s. Other the past decade, research has been carried out into the wide ranging benefits for children who spend time outdoors in nature. These benefits include positive impacts on educations, physical health, emotional wellbeing, personal and social skills and mental well-being.

The exciting new scheme is thanks to a partnership between the RSPB and Aldi aimed at bringing families closer to nature.

 

Jonathan Neale, Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi, said: “Aldi’s partnership with the RSPB is funded by proceeds from our carrier bags sales; it aims to educate as many people as possible about British wildlife. 

“We're proud to be supporting this fantastic initiative that is set to bring thousands of families together over the May half-term holiday and beyond."

To find out where the RSPB’s new nature activities will be taking place this summer, visit the RSPB North East England & Cumbria Facebook page.    

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