Looking after wildlife this winter

Winter. Short days and long nights. The temperature falls. It can be a tough time for wildlife. There are many things we can do to help and get the kiddies involved too to make them aware that we should care for wildlife, as well as people.

Watch Winterfowl

Winter is the best time of year to watch ducks, geese and swans for two very good reasons: the highest numbers of birds are present in winter months and drakes are in their brightest and best plumage of the year.

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Look for tracks, trails and signs of mammals
Winter provides a perfect time to look for tracks in the snow. Look for prints in your garden, along walls or under hedges. We've spotted some today in our local library garden. DS8 thinks (or maybe hopes) they are badger footprints but they're more than likely belong to a cat!

Why not take along a magnifying glass and explore bugs too or this great Bug Hunter pack here:
http://tinyurl.com/y7xhzqv4  The Works has a discount code: SNOW20 to get up to 20% off when you spend over £10.
Build and put up a nest box and make birdfeeders
Check out these lovely bird boxes and bird food here: http://tinyurl.com/yabxqdsf
It's always a good idea to get your bird boxes up in early winter, both blue tits and great tits will look for nesting sites at this time of year.
They have a lovely children's section too: http://tinyurl.com/ybcnxnfj

Visit a lake, estuary or reservoir and look at wildfowl
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Get the kiddies crafting!!!
We love themed crafts! Everytime we study a topic we always order some crafts from Baker Ross, check out their Bird themed crafts here: http://tidd.ly/3d719d96
Polystyrene BirdsBird Colour-in MasksWooden Birdhouse KitsBird Wooden ShapesLeafy Owl Decoration KitsCreative Colouring BirdsFunky Bird Jump-up KitsSpring Bird Foam Stickers

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