Just for now all our sessions at Leigh Woods are suspended during the Government coronavirus lockdown. We hope it won’t be long before you can join us once again in the beautiful spring woodland!
In the meantime we hope you can access some woodland near home and enjoy some fun activities or just immerse yourselves in the wellbeing of nature.
If you book onto one of our spring sessions and it is cancelled due to the lockdown, please be reassured you will be fully refunded including the Eventbrite fee.
Happy new year to everyone! As we remain in Tier 3 we are excited about all our events and sessions which can continue to take place this spring in Leigh Woods. We have something for everyone – a new session for parents/carers with their babies ‘Babes in the Woods’; our pre-schooler sessions ‘Kids in the Woods’; a winter woodland bird ID education session; a family Valentines event – and that’s all before we even get into March! Keep your eyes open for all events on our ‘Leigh Woods’ pages on this site as well as on Facebook and on posters in Leigh Woods. We continue to pay careful attention to our Covid19 safe measures to ensure that being out in the woodland remains a rewarding and safe place to be.
After the November national lockdown in England, we are holding three Family Fun sessions for our families with their children in December. Here we will be hunting for mini beasts in the winter woodland, hunting for Christmas surprises – with a prize for all those who take part. Finally we’ll be collecting natural finds to create a natural decoration to take home!
A great time was had by all the families who attended our Family Fun ‘Night-time nature and woodland homes’ session yesterday for the few hours when we had a break in the wind and the rain! Fantastic dens were built and decorated for Hallowe’en, cosy snug hotels for hibernating dormice were made and everyone went home with their own clay woodland nocturnal creature. Thank you for joining us in the autumn woodland.
It’s time for our Adult Education ‘Winter Tree ID’ session with Avellana Ecology, where we learn how to identify native British trees and shrubs by focusing on the buds, bark, twigs, size and shape. Impress your friends on a woodland walk by using the methods ecologist Neill Talbot will show us – it’s amazing how easy this can be when you know what to look for! This is a fantastically interesting session for those with little or no prior knowledge.
Our Owl Prowl with Ian McGuire from Wild Owl Nature Diaries took place on 16th Oct on a beautiful calm ‘owly’ night! We heard a female tawny giving us her territorial call very close by and her male partner calling in the distance. Our female came to check us out by making a ‘fly by’ silhouetted against the sky. What a wonderful evening!
We were oversubscribed on this session as we are trying to keep our numbers low due to coronavirus – so you will be pleased to hear we are running a second Owl Prowl this autumn on 4th December! If you didn’t manage to attend the last one, please do join us on this next session. Please note the change in date for this session due to the national lockdown during November. The new reserve date is 11th December in the case of poor weather.
We are so pleased to be up and running again at Leigh Woods and September has been wonderful with our Kids in the Woods groups. Our new Covid19 measures seem to be going well and everybody attending has reported feeling comfortable with the way we are running sessions.