Plenty of family fun as woodland activity sessions are held in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 March 2016

The woodland adventure event was held at Carlton & Oulton Marshes.

The woodland adventure event was held at Carlton & Oulton Marshes.


A hands-on session allowed families to build bird boxes and feeders to encourage wildlife into their gardens.

Children also enjoyed minibeast hunting as part of the session. Picture: Mick HowesChildren also enjoyed minibeast hunting as part of the session. Picture: Mick Howes

About 40 people attended the fun activity day, held at Carlton & Oulton Marshes, on Monday, February 15.

A total of 14 families put their practical skills to good use – all with the aim of attracting birds into their garden for feeding and nesting.

The session, which coincided with National Nest Box Week, was organised by the education team at Suffolk Wildlife Trust – with all the required materials provided to help build the all important bird boxes.

Jo Shackleton, education officer, said: “Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and I received lots of positive comments about the activity.

“Everyone, even the youngest at just three years old, got stuck in having a go with a hammer to help build their bird boxes.

“The children particularly enjoyed getting their hands messy mixing lard and bird seed together, to make the food mixture for the pine cone feeders.

“Putting bird boxes and bird feeders in your garden is a really simple but important way of supporting local wildlife, as habitat loss means that there are fewer suitable nesting sites and less naturally available food for birds, which leads to a decline in their numbers.”

About 60 people also got stuck into a range of activities including den building at a family adventure morning.

The event, also held at Carlton & Oulton Marshes, was a chance for families to go wild in the wood and spend a couple of hours away from the distractions of modern life.

Entitled Woodland Adventure, the family-orientated session enabled visitors to take part in mud painting, bark rubbings, minibeast hunting and tree climbing.

Jo Shackleton, education officer, said: “Children ranged in age from the under-threes to 12 years old, and children and adults alike enjoyed themselves. Despite the chilly day, we had lots of positive feedback and smiling faces.”

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