We went to a school near our HQ and asked the children a couple of questions: 'what lives in your garden?' and 'what would you like to see in your garden?'. This is what they said:
They made us smile anyway.
You might not find many wolves in your garden - not the furry four legged kind anyway - but you may well find an eight-legged wolf spider.
Image of wolf spider (AKA 'the boss of the garden') by Will George
Similarly look out for dragonflies if you live near still water and the beautiful tiger moth if you go on a garden bug hunt at night.
Get started on your adventure here: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/kids-and-schools/kids-and-families/wild-challenge/activities/go-on-a-bug-safari/
This guest blog comes from Charly Crump. Charly is our schools and green space outreach project officer for Bristol, working to engage local schools and families in the fantastic habitats and wildlife in the heart of the city. Here she talks about one of our Wild Parks. Wild Parks is a nation wide campaign in 17 cities across Britain.
What happens when a local artist wants to celebrate the green space on her doorstep? Blooming Whiteway Flower Festival!
On 6th May the Whiteway Estate on the edge of Bath was transformed into a parade of lanterns and flowers as the local community flocked together to celebrate the spaces for nature in their local area.
Mum of two and artist, Claire, contacted me back in March to vent her frustrations about how her local green space – Rosewarn Park – was so unloved/unknown by the rest of her community.
Claire could see the potential these green spaces along with other wildlife corridors had to offer and not only for the flocks of starlings and sparrows which she loves so much, but also for people to come together and enjoy as a community. That’s when ‘Blooming Whiteway Festival’ was born.
Months of planning, seed planting, paper flower making and schools engagement paid off and Claire’s dreams were realised – the people heard, and they came, creating a festival to remember. More photos here on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bloomingwhiteway/
Here are some pictures from the site:
Wild parks Volunteer – Abi, uncovers the bugs and beasties hiding in the bushes at Rosewarn Park
What’s in the bug pot? Join Abi at our next event to find out!
The joy of sweep netting! Ever tried? If not come along and use ours for free at our next event
Everyone loves a sticker with a cricket on it!
Images by Rosie Despres rosemarydespres.com
So how does the RSPB get involved in a flower festival I hear you ask!?! Well, thanks to funding from supermarket Aldi via the carrier bag levy, the RSPB is working with communities and their green spaces across 17 UK cities. We’re calling the project ‘Wild Parks’ as we’re really excited to be engaging local families with the wildlife that their local park has waiting to be explored.
The activities on offer include minibeast hunting; bird watching and pond dipping and we’re aiming to reach as many different parks and green spaces as possible across our Wild Parks cities. We’re also working in collaboration with local authorities; community groups; friends of groups and wildlife charities to celebrate the amazing habitats found in our cities.
To find out when your next Wild Parks event is, visit our website: rspb.org.uk/wildparks/
Our Wild Parks cities are:
If you are interested in organising an event in your local green space within one of the above cities, please email: email@example.com
This guest post comes from a Katie Eccles, a Visual Communication student whose work was inspired by our Giving Nature a Home campaign. Entirely off her own back, she has created a mini-campaign and it's wonderful to find out that its inspiration came from the RSPB.
Since being a little girl, I have spent endless hours playing over the fields with my friends and family. We would make bird boxes and bee houses which I still have to this day! We would explore until the sun went down trying to see what creatures and secret hiding places we could find. I will always cherish these fond memories the outdoors has given me and value how it has shaped who I am today.
The RSPB’s ‘Giving Nature a Home’ campaign has reignited my passion for homing wildlife in recent years. The tailor made advice the campaign gives on how to home wildlife, according to the amount of outdoor space you have is a wonderful idea. And with so many young people seemingly disconnecting from the outdoors in favour of modern technology such as phones and tablets, it’s a great way to engage a new generation.
Join hands with nature
As a student studying Visual Communication at Birmingham University, I have been able to use my skills as a designer to inspire people to give nature a hand. A university project to raise awareness for a not-for-profit organisation provided me with the perfect opportunity to create my RSPB-inspired ‘Join hands with nature’ campaign.
Using my two passions for nature and graphic design and photography, I created a concept for a campaign aimed at getting the public outdoors and helping nature. ‘Join hands with nature’ reflects the loving image of being at one with what the outdoors has to offer. The accompanying hashtag, #muddyhands, aims to develop engagement through social media and inspire people to go out, get dirty, and come back exhilarated from their adventures!
Please take a look at the promotional materials for the campaign here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/45231073/Join-hands-with-nature
The start of my journey
The campaign was inspired by the RSPB and their work and the charity provided me with encouragement and support during the planning and making of it. I will certainly be keeping my passion for nature alive and will continue to raise public awareness of nature and looking after our environment. Whether young or old, use your voice to inspire more people to value and care for nature.
You can follow my blog here: https://katieedesign.wordpress.com