We know that lots of you have been busy taking part in our Wildlife Watch award schemes: completing activities and challenges based on nature and wildlife and earning cool certificates and awesome badges to show off what an expert you really are (click here to find out more about the awards). But if you've not given the awards a try yet, or if you would like help to spark some ideas, we have gathered up some examples of the work that children have been doing to complete their Nature Ranger Awards.
Read on to see what fun is involved and you never you know, it might leave you feeling inspired to take on your own challenge!
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For her Nature Rangers Award, Rowena Barker, Wildlife Watch member at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, decided to study the different types of habitat and wildlife in her local area around the shore of Emsworth. Part of her study included a visit to Chichester Harbour – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where she spent her time studying the flora found along its shingle beaches. By looking at teasels, sea kale and houndstongue, Rowena learnt how different species of plant adapt to their harsh habitats.
Rowena also spotted many exciting shoreline treasures which she identified as whelk eggs and moulted crab skins. She discovered that the harbour supported over 14 common seals, and she had fun visiting salt marshes where she learnt about the habitat’s importance for many species including sea lavender, curlew and the oystercatcher.
Rowena was extremely committed during her study, always photographing and writing about the different things she came across. She shared all of her findings with her local Swanwick Wildlife Watch Group, and included mini games and challenges in her presentation. Both of Rowena's sisters, Hester and Florence have also completed their Nature Ranger awards which included fantastic presentations on bees and birds of prey.
Deborah is one of four Nature Ranger Award winners at Alderney Wildlife Trust. Passionate about wild areas on the island, Deborah chose to study the new Community Woodland for her Nature Ranger award. The islanders have planted the woodland in recent years to replace trees lost during the German Occupation of Alderney. Her main subject was 'Milly's Wood', which is the family part of this complex, and which she herself designed. On completion, Deborah presented her work to a live audience - with musical accompaniment! What a lot of fun!
Now she's completed her award, Deborah runs Alderney's Wildlife Watch group committee, and edits the group's entertaining newsletter Watch Out!
Deborah says, “I hope Milly’s Wood will be a place for everyone to enjoy, particularly children."
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust was delighted to congratulate Wildlife Watch member Safiyah Mahmood on the successful completion of her Nature Ranger Award. To complete this, Safiyah chose to study owls producing both a paper and PowerPoint report. She documented what she had learnt over previous months, describing the habits of a number of different owl species including long and short eared, barn, tawny and little owls.
Safiyah also dissected owl pellets to find out what the nocturnal hunters feed on, and found within her pellet the bones and skull of a mouse.
To learn more about these majestic birds, Safiyah visited a bird of prey centre at her local park and saw a barn and tawny owl up close. Here, Safiyah discovered many new things including that 'owls can be trained to fly to their owner and that they are clever birds.'
Safiyah says, “I really enjoyed doing my Nature Ranger Award because I was able to find out about owls. I really love birds!”
Like all the Nature Ranger award winners, Safiyah received a certificate signed by Chris Packham, an embroidered badge and a special rucksack. Well done Safiyah!
If you are feeling inspired and you would like to have a go at one of our awards, visit our Wildlife Watch awards page to find out how to get started!