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How your child can have an outdoor detective adventure

Five ways your child can investigate his natural surroundings

Posted: 12 December 2012
by Fiona McKim

1. Collect nuts, berries and pinecones to look for signs of feeding. Follow any trails of food and try to identify which animals have been nibbling on them.

2. Find a quiet spot in your local woodland to sit and listen to the sounds of the local wildlife. Bird chirping and insects buzzing should be easy to pick up on, but can you also hear grasshoppers, frogs or small mammals rustling in the grass?

3. Search for nesting holes – foxes may use hollows at the base of a tree, while woodpeckers nest at the top. Look at logs to find insect holes.

4. The falling leaves of autumn provide a perfect place for all manner of insects to hide. Find a spot with plenty of coverage and gently pick up fallen leaves, looking inside ones that have rolled up and you might find a spider, slug, snail or beetle.

5. Download an activity sheet from the Woodland Trust’s  Nature Detectives site to discover a plethora of nature activities for any season. 

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