Family Fun sessions take place in Forestry England’s Leigh Woods. They are suitable for families with younger children, usually from age 4-10 years. These sessions are based on the wildlife and nature of Leigh Woods.
Owl prowl with Wild Owl Nature Diaries
Friday 4th December 2020 – 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start – SOLD OUT
(please note the change in date due to the lockdown in England during November)
Getting out on a late autumn night for a walk in the woods, listening and watching for owls, is a magical experience! Come and learn about all British owls with owl specialist Ian McGuire through his iPad presentations, knowledge and experience – and as he calls for a tawny owl response. If we’re really lucky, one might just fly into view too! Find out about our amazing UK owl population, what they eat, how they fly, where they live and what are owl pellets??!
Although tawny owls are Britain’s most common owl, and many people know its toowhit toowoo call, they are in a slow but steady decline, especially in the South West. Despite this, Leigh Woods is perfect habitat for them and we know they are faring well here. We finish in our Green Barn with a question session and a chance to look at owl pellets on a digital microscope whilst having a hot chocolate and a biscuit. Reserve date in case of poor weather is 11th December.
Cost: £10.00 adult, £32.00 family, child (7+) £7.50 Book Here
No captive owls are used at this event.“My son absolutely loved the Owl Prowl at Leigh Woods in January. So much so that when asked to do a presentation to his class he chose Owls (he could have chosen any topic). It was amazing how much he remembered from the talk. He wrote knowledgeably about lots of aspects but his favourite by far was owl pellets and how they are made. Typical boy who loves icky things!” JD, Bristol
Christmas hunt and Christmas craft
Sunday 13th December 12.00-1.30pm
We’ll be bug-hunting – see what mini beasts you can find in the woodland this winter. And hunting for Christmas surprises – there will be a Christmas treat as a prize for all who take part! Finally we’ll be making a special Christmas decoration or two with natural finds from the woodland to take home with us.
To finish there’ll be a hot drink for children and adults around the fire circle at our lovely Green Barn.
This session is suitable for children aged 4-9 and their responsible adult(s).
Family Fun sessions are run by experienced outdoors tutors who are DBS checked and First Aid qualified.
Cost: £10.00 child Book Here
Winter woodland bird ID with Ed Drewitt
Sunday 17th January 2021 – 8.30am to 10.30am
Join Ed Drewitt for 2 hours of exploring Leigh Woods and learning how to identify some of our common winter woodland birds.
As the days begin to get longer, the turn of the new year is a signal to woodland birds to increase their singing, attract a mate and set up nesting territories in advance of spring.
During these two hours, we will be listening for and identifying a variety of birds such as wren, robin and song thrush, as they prepare for those warmer spring days. Others will still be very much in winter mode with roving flocks of small birds comprising blue tits, great tits, nuthatches, treecreepers and goldcrest moving through the woodlands looking for food; winter thrush visitors such as redwings and fieldfares may also be feeding on berry bushes or flying overhead while blackbirds rustle through the leaves.
Cost: £10.00 adult, £32.00 family, child (8+) £7.50 Book Here
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Enter Leigh Woods at the Forestry England sign on Abbots Leigh Road (A369), almost directly opposite the Clifton College sports complex. There is plenty of parking at the bottom of the long humped drive in the large Forestry England car park. Forestry England charge a £2.00 fee for parking. Meet your My Green World tutor by the noticeboards at the start of the red and purple trails in the car park.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? Contact Anna of My Green World at firstname.lastname@example.org 07941 379660