We’re Going on A Bug Hunt
We’re Going to Catch A Big One…
It’s A Beautiful Day!
We’re Not Scared…
OK we didn’t catch a big one, but it was a beautiful day, as we headed out to Waters Edge Country Park in Barton on Humber. They were having an event day, a wildlife day, with lots of activities for the kids to participate in and stalls to look around. We arrived at 11am which was just too late for us to join the morning sessions, so we had a quick look around the RSPB and Wildlife Trust stalls before sitting down and having a lovely dinner at the cafe. We booked onto a couple of the afternoon activities, pond dipping and bug hunting – both of which will count towards our RSPB Wild Challenge.
Back on out to take a look at the stalls. T took a great interest in the giant tortoises which was one of the exhibits and spent a good 20 minutes or so in their enclosure. E, on the other hand was very taken with a couple of bee ladies who had lots of sensory bee props and spent a good amount of their time engaging with her (thank you, ladies!).
Time for a quick icecream for T and then it was time to meet up with the bug hunt. We were given clipboards, pencils and nets and followed the leader to seek out bugs and beasties. Waters Edge is a nature reserve so it wasn’t long before we were spotting flies, bees and wasps. We found a ladybird in my hair rather than in the wilderness! Dragonflies were spotted and someone even found a toad! The latter was placed into an examination jar so even E could get a good look at it!
Back to the centre and another quick look around before it was time to join the pond dipping activity. Here the children took it in turns to have a fishing net and to empty the contents into a collection tray to view the various water bugs. Here there was a slope down to the pond, so E couldn’t have done the actual fishing bit, the trays were on higher ground so it was possible for her to see the wildlife scuttling about (we daren’t let her get too close after a past adventure which nearly resulted in her putting a frog in her mouth which has gone into family folklore…). There were water beetles, small fish and even a small newt. All the children were engaged with the activity and it was T’s favourite part of the day.
A little more about Waters Edge, as previously mentioned it is a nature reserve which has ponds and woodland areas. The paths around it are fully wheelchair accessible. They have a Changing Places toilet, with adult changing bench and hoist. The centre is run on green energy, even the Changing Places loo is run on solar power generated electricity and recycled water flushes the system. There is a cafe and a small gift shop. There are fabulous views of the Humber Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the UK, which is located right next to the centre. The centre runs various events over the year as well as craft activities, click here for more details. Worth a visit.
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