“I want to keep learning, keep having fantastic experiences and spend more time with my family. A simple dream but a worthwhile one I think!” I love all the different blog names out there in the blogosphere and the meanings behind them. Can you tell … Continue reading Blogger Showcase – The Helpful Hiker
Last Sunday we led our first ever family-friendly hike in the Mourne Mountains…. Seven families all met up early and eager to explore the Blue Lough Trail and enjoy some quality family time together in the great outdoors. Annette from the Four Acorns blog and … Continue reading Every Treasure Walks – by Four Acorns
Kate on Conservation is a conservationist, a campaigner for animal rights, a Trustee of Born Free Foundation and a passionate believer in the education of future generations; which includes working for National Geographic Kids magazine. With a blog that’s been running for more than seven years, she is committed to sharing … Continue reading Blogger Showcase
With recent bursts of sunshine, longer days upon us and the end of the school year rapidly approaching our thoughts have inevitably turned to our summer plans when we will spend more time outdoors as family. I especially love this time of year, when I … Continue reading OUR OUTDOORS ‘TO DO’ LIST #30DAYSWILD
Annette is French, married to an Irish man, and they live in Wicklow, on the east coast of Ireland, with their four bilingual children. She blogs in English and French at Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne to inspire families to unplug, go outside … Continue reading Blogger Showcase – Four Acorns/ Quatre Graines de Chêne
With longer, brighter and warmer days now upon us, the urge to get out and about exploring and breathe in some fresh air is strong. After a long, dreary winter cooped up indoors, our bodies and minds are well and truly craving some nature therapy. And no wonder! It is well-known that time spent outdoors has a multitude of benefits for the body and mind, reducing stress levels and improving mood, and I know for sure that our family relationships thrive and blossom when we make space for some wild time on our calendar.
Grow Wild have joined with the wonderful folks at The Woodland Trust this year to produce a great collection of factsheets, which are completely free to download, that you can take with you on your out and about adventures and explorations to see if you can spot any UK native trees and wildflowers. You can take the handy little fact cards with you wherever you go, whether it be on a leisurely weekend stroll, a dander in your local park or even on the way to work.
By keeping your eyes peeled you will be taking part in nationwide nature quest (and everyone loves a quest don’t they?), as well as adding to research which dates back as far as 1736! Wow! This project is believed to be the longest written record of its kind in the UK and is an invaluable source of information for researchers across the world trying to understand the impact of climate change on nature. You can sign up and add your own findings on the Nature Calendar, and play a really important role in helping scientists understand how climate change affects wildlife.
Get the kids on board, encouraging them to be budding explorers and reminding them that they are important scientific researchers, and have fun seeing who can spot the most bluebells; Ash trees; Garlic Mustard; Oxeye Daisies; English Oak trees; and Silver Birch. Take some snapshots of your findings and share them with Grow Wild UK (@GrowWildUK) using #NatureQuest, and be part of this special initiative to recognise and celebrate UK native trees and wildflowers. Plus, you can have the added incentive of putting your own knowledge to the test by checking if you really can tell the difference between a UK native bluebell and a non-native bluebell! The competition is on!
I am looking forward to spending more time in the great outdoors over the coming months and these beautifully presented factsheets will without a doubt be a great way to appreciate and learn more about the nature that surrounds us. I hope you will have fun with them too!
As a Mum of 3 boys, it can sometimes be a challenge to spend 1-to-1 time with my kids. It’s not through lack of wanting to, more through life for a family of 5 being hectic! We are at a stage where our middle son … Continue reading CRAFTY CONNECTION: DIY BIRD FEEDER