News and Events - Wild-crafting with the RSPB

Thursday 18 September 2014

The RSPB - Europe's largest wildlife conservation organisation - has long urged UK householders to better connect with nature. As part of its garden-focused 'Giving Nature a Home' campaign, the RSPB is organising a number of family-orientated activities and events over the next few months, all of which are designed to get people involved in crafting events across the RSPB's 200+ UK reserves. For more information, see

Woodland Foray, RSPB Arne Nature Reserve, Wareham, Dorset

When:Sunday 2 November, 2014 - 11am-2pm

Price: RSPB members - £6; non-Members - £10; under 16s - £2

Tel: 01929 553 360 - booking essential

Join the RSPB woodland team and Michael Jordan from TV's Mushroom Magic and founder of the Association of British Fungal Groups on a walk around the woodland trails at the scenic RSPB Arne reserve to learn about the many species of fungi that occur on the reserve. Also lots about the history of the woodlands, the species of trees and the wildlife that rely on woodland habitat.

Family Volunteering Day, RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex

When: Saturday 8 November, 2014 - 11am-3pm

Tel: 01798 875 851 - booking essential

Price: Free

This active family day gives family groups the opportunity to 'make a difference' while bonding in the scenic forests where children will be encouraged to get involved in practical conservation tasks designed with 5-14 year olds - and their parents and grandparents - in mind. This event involves lots of arts, crafts and making things - so be prepared to get mucky! Bring a packed lunch - tea, soft drinks and biscuits at the end of the session will be provided - and will be led by members of the friendly RSPB team.

Coppicing at the Ancient Woodlands of RSPB Garston Woods, Wiltshire

When: Wednesday 12 November, 2014 - 9.30am-3.30pm

Price: Free and tools, gloves and tuition are provided

Tel: 01929 553 360

Coppicing work continues, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - you'll also learn lots about the history of these most resplendent woodlands. Supervised training is provided by RSPB staff and volunteers. Bring a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day. Gloves, tools and tuition are all provided. There are fewer dates this season, which will ensure the RSPB has full support from the Arne team. However, with the same amount as usual of work to be done, they are hoping for more volunteers on each session.


Contact: RSPB