Despite a soggy start to the day lots of Wildlife Explorer families gathered at Poynton Coppice for a ‘Signs of Wildlife’ Treasure Hunt. As well as brilliantly rhymed wildlife-themed clues (honestly!) – families had to complete a series of challenges on the way round the treasure trail including listing the birds we heard singing, determining the tree species on site from looking at their buds and identifying lichen.
Family members of all ages took on searching out the clues and completing the challenges with great gusto. Admittedly there was one tiny glitch with the clues – Tina and Susan had misidentified a carved goat as a mouse on their recce. (Easily done under pressure – we blame the artist!)
Everyone had lots of fun – we learned about the reasons that coppicing is used for wildlife habitat management and we saw lots of nature close-up. At one point we were even treated to great views of a sparrowhawk cruising high above us being mobbed by smaller birds.
All the children taking part won ‘treasure’ (wildlife playing cards) and wildlife ID books were also awarded to the families who produced the best wildlife acronym for POYNTON COPPICE and the best estimate of the number of coppice poles growing in the last part of the coppice! Tina would like to thank Susan for her excellent input and collaboration on the Treasure Hunt clues and Phil Barnett for his identification advice (we used his brilliant twig and lichen id sheets) – check out his brilliant nature blog: robymilling2.blogspot.com.