Wildlife Watching in Hadleigh

Hadleigh Watch group

“That was brilliant! Can we go again next time, Mummy?” This was my six year old daughter, Evie’s response to the (very chilly) morning we spent exploring Polstead Wood at the launch meeting of Hadleigh Wildlife Watch group in December last year.

Evie wasn’t alone in having a fantastic time at the meeting. Nursery and infant teachers and registered Wildlife Watch leaders, Caroline Lee and Lisa Herron encouraged the children and their families to play and learn together in the woodland, following their own interests and enthusiasms. Oblivious to the cold and fuelled by custard creams and jammie dodgers, the children threw themselves (some of them quite literally) into the activities – building dens, hunting for invertebrates (one little boy and his father painstakingly worked through a key to small woodland creatures to identify a beetle they found in the leaf litter; a little girl and her mother exclaimed with delight as they discovered a newt under a log), making leaf crowns, painting with mud and devising their own adventures (competing to balance on a huge fallen tree and rolling down a muddy slope were particularly popular) while having fun and making new friends. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength, attracting up to 20 children and their families to subsequent meetings, including bird watching, making bird feeders and building bridges across the stream at Wolves Wood and exploring Broom Hill Nature Reserve. Caroline and Lisa have more exciting ideas planned for the coming months, many of them based on the children’s suggestions.

Wildlife Watch is the family membership of The Wildlife Trusts nationally and Suffolk Wildlife Trust at a local level, providing opportunities for children aged 6 – 12 years and their families to engage with nature and to discover, learn about and take action for the wildlife where they live.

Hadleigh Wildlife Watch group meets on the second Sunday of the month from 10am – 12 noon at locations in and around Hadleigh. For more information, contact Caroline Lee on 07817 375021 or emailhadleighwildlifewatch@outlook.com