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From a snail safari to hugging trees - it's all at city park
From finding out about worms and snails to embarking on a tree rubbing trail, children in Staffordshire are being invited to use the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May to get closer to nature. The activities, which also include the opportunity to have a go at pond dipping, are all taking place at Beacon Park in Lichfield during the half-term break from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June. The various wildlife sessions have been organised by Lichfield District Council with a view to getting children to enjoy the great outdoors during the Whitsun half-term holiday.
Lichfield District Council's Ruth Piddington beside the Woodland Habitat board
One of the particular attractions is likely to be the Hug and Rub Tree Trail, which will lead intrepid explorers to interesting trees for hugging and crayon tree rubbings. The trails will be available for £1 from the Ranger Station in Beacon Park from May 26 to June 3, between 9am and 3pm. Next on offer are the Wonderful Worms sessions on Tuesday 29 May at 10am or 1pm. In the one and a half hour sessions, groups will find out about these invertebrate animals and try their hand at worm charming in the park's Community Garden.
Children invited to try their hand at pond dipping
Beacon Park is also hosting a one and a half hour Slug and Snail Safari on Wednesday 30 May at 10am and 1pm. Setting off from Swinfen Broun Pavilion, the group will find out about these animals, and then see how many they can spot on 'safari' around the park's woodland area. Finally, youngsters will be able to take part in a series of one-hour pond-dipping sessions on Thursday 31 May starting at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. The sessions will also take place in Beacon Park's woodland area, giving children the chance to have fun searching for pond life.
Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Lichfield District Council, said: "Our half term sessions will offer children a brilliant chance to discover wildlife that's all around us and to have fun searching it out. We know that getting children active and engaged in their surroundings and out of the house away from screens, is hugely important to their development and happiness. Our Health & Wellbeing Strategy sets out a number of ways in which we are working to get locals right across the district excited about taking regular exercise and taking part in healthy activities. These outdoor wildlife sessions are an example of the many ways we can get children engaged in their surroundings so they reap all the benefits of some outdoor fun."
All the various wildlife sessions cost £2.50 each, or £2 for Leisure Activity Passport holders, and need to be booked in advance. To book, please call Beacon Park on 01543 308867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Children must be accompanied for all activities. To keep up to date with all the news from Beacon Park, go t lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk/beacon-park/