Wildlife Explorers gathered at Poynton Coppice at the weekend to follow a Treasure Trail packed with wildlife clues and nature activities.
Leader Martin introduced the history of the Coppice and explained how the area is managed for wildlife using the ancient woodland management technique of coppicing.
Families enjoyed identifying birds, flowers and trees typical of the Coppice . Tasks that had to be completed included bark rubbings, identifying species and making foil leaf impressions.
No Wildlife Explorer meeting is complete without a couple of games – this time it was Wildlife Line Mimes and Whispered Wildlife Tongue Twisters. (We were also introduced to the ‘Centipede Dance’!)
The Yarwood family were the winning team and earned a prize book on Wildlife Gardening.
All participating teams took a share of the chocolate Treasure at the end of the trail and went home with a Chapelwood bird feeder and fat balls kindly donated by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
The Group had lots of fun being outside whilst learning about the wildlife associated with the coppice and had the chance to see some of the first signs of springs firsthand.