Wildlife Watch

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Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental action club for children. It is aimed at youngsters who care about nature and the environment and want to get closer to local wildlife.

There are 150,000 Wildlife Watch members around the UK and hundreds of local Watch groups where young people get stuck into environmental activities. Taking part in Wildlife Watch is a fantastic, fun and inspiring way to get kids outdoors, having a positive fun time in nature. The best thing about Wildlife Watch is that it is so flexible and groups have the freedom to do whatever they want with thousands of FREE resources online and a free quarterly magazine with tips, hints and session plans.

Every year we work with thousands of children across Birmingham and the Black Country, giving them a chance to enjoy wild places, opening their eyes to the natural world around them. We do this in different ways, working with schools in term time and families during half term, holidays and at weekends.

Young people can get involved through Wildlife Watch, which is included in our Family membership of the Wildlife Trust.

In the What's On section of our magazine and website, we tag events that are aimed at children with "wildlife watch", so look out for those if you're looking for something to do with the family.

Wildlife Watch groups

In Wildlife Watch groups, children get to know and enjoy their local area – for example through fungus forays or tree games; and care for their local area by doing things like promoting recycling, organising litter picks or helping to restore ponds. They may also participate in projects recording species, monitoring the environment and contributing to wider community action. Together, these activities enable them to build personal and social skills and knowledge whilst developing a positive relationship with their local environment.

At present we've got one Wildlife Watch group operating in Wolverhampton, but are hoping to set up more soon. To find out about Watch actvities coming up click here. Are you interested in setting up your own Wildlife Watch group? Get in touch.

Wildlife Watch Boxes for Schools

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is passionate about getting as many children as possible outside, learning about how amazing nature is, so we have come up with the idea of partnering with schools to create a Wildlife Watch afterschool club network with schools across Birmingham and the Black Country.

How does it work?

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country will provide a Wildlife Watch coordinator to work with a designated member of staff from your school to start up the group. This support includes;

  • Support with 10 sessions per year, 1 session per month with co-delivery for your first two sessions either ran exclusively as a Watch club or as part of an already existing club e.g. eco club, gardening club or lunchtime/after-school club
  • Can take place in school grounds or in the surrounding areas
  • Wildlife Watch resource box, which would include all items needed to run a successful Watch club
  • Children can work towards nationally recognised Wildlife Watch awards
  • 10x session plans, for all the sessions, already pre-done with risk assessments
  • Full training by Birmingham and the Black Country Wildlife Trust on delivery of sessions with hints, tips and ideas
  • Free resource Link magazine with ideas and access to Wildlife Watch website that has spotter sheets/ games /activities etc.

 For more information or to get a Wildlife Watch group set up contact Emma on emma.s@bbcwildlife.org.uk