We are encouraging children and their parents to become active outdoors, learning about the wildlife and wild places of our beautiful county and benefiting from playing together through our Nature Tots sessions.
Our sessions’ outdoor nature-based activities will include: finding, tracking & identifying wildlife, learning about the natural history of species & habitats, taking part in practical conservation & using tools safely, outdoor cooking (age dependent).
We are running 36 Nature Tots sessions in the Forest of Dean for up to 10 children per session and accompanied by at least one adult. We are running the sessions one morning a week during school term time alternative between the four locations across the Forest of Dean:
- Forest School Area near Forest High School GL14 2SH
- Angus Buchanan Play Fields GL16 8DS
- Dean Field Study Centre GL15 4JA
- Oakraven Field Centre GL17 0EE
Our Nature Tots sessions are being funded by the Summerfield Charitable Trust, Western Power Distribution, Forest of Dean District Council, McCorquodale Charitable Trust and other local charitable trusts.
Find out more about the Nature Tots sessions we are running here.
Cradle of the Cotswolds
Thanks to £676,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund we are now transforming Greystones Farm into a heritage education and discovery centre.
Grundon Waste Management, based in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, donated £150,000 to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Cradle of the Cotswold’s’ project in Bourton-on-the-Water – the first major grant secured for an exciting new education and discovery centre.
Other large contributions were made by The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, who awarded £45,094 and The Summerfield Charitable Trust who awarded £20,000. We are also very grateful to a large number of individuals, business and trusts who made contribution that have helped to make this project possible.
The Cradles of the Cotswolds project offers a huge range of exciting activities for people to learn about the heritage of the Cotswolds and get involved in restoring and maintaining it. It cater for all ages and abilities and is accessible for people with mobility issues.
The Greystones Farm discovery centre is now open, please find out more here.
Primary Schools' Quiz
Every year we host the Primary Schools' Quiz, a very successful and well loved event, which over the years has increased hundreds of children’s love of the natural world.
From 6 initial schools, every year approximately 100 schools now take part, (a staggering 40% of all Primary schools in the County), showing that even under curriculum pressures teachers, parents and children still value eduating our children about wildlife as highly as other school extramural activities.