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Kids 'ponding'

If you are out exploring a National Forest woodland, don’t be too surprised if you bump into a group of kids with ‘sweep’ nets or binoculars. New wildlife ‘watch’ clubs for kids are springing up all over the Forest - helping local children to find out more about the plant and animal life in their own patch. Some of these clubs are independent, and others, like the Swadlincote Watch Club are part of the national Wildlife Trust ‘Watch Club’network. Joining Watch’s national network could be a couch-potato experience for young people and their families, as they send out regular magazines with information and competitions… but they also send you the name of your local club, where you can get your hands dirty in the great outdoors.

Membership of the national watch club would make a great present for any child who is into nature – for information contact your county Wildlife Trust:

  • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust: 01773 881 188
  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust: 01889 880100
  • Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust: 0116 272 0444


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