Families are being encouraged to get back to nature in a host of animal and nature-themed events and activities, reports JODIE JEYNES
Whether it’s uncovering the role of animals in the Navy, becoming an eco ranger, learning about slugs, snails, bats and falcons or just spending time in a wildlife reserve, there’s plenty going on to get the family walking on the wild side.
At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, HMS Victory is hosting Animal Magic on Thursday.
From 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, Jack Russell Tiggy will entertain visitors as, alongside Fiona Harvey – the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Learning Officer, she will explain the history of dogs at sea, famous ships’ dogs and other animal tales from the Royal Navy.
Staunton Country Park in Havant is holding its annual Eco Rangers Week from Monday.
The event includes a water-wise challenge, promise a pledge and junk creations.
Also in Havant, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre is putting the spotlight on slugs and boogie bugs in a workshop today.
From 10am to 3pm, children aged five to seven can make a slimy slug and hear slug stories.
Those aged eight to 12 can design a boogie bug and paint a slug and boogie bug mug.
Over at Gosport Discovery Centre today, the focus is snails.
Sophia & The Snail is a fast and funny tale about one little girl’s journey to overcome her biggest fears, with storytelling and performances throughout the day.
We see slugs and snails all the time (especially lately, with all the rain) but bats are spotted more rarely.
There’s a chance to meet the bats at Uppark House near Petersfield on Monday.
At 1pm and 3pm families will be introduced to the bats at the house with a talk from a bat expert.
Then, on Tuesday, Uppark hosts a woodland walk from 2pm.
It’s a family walk that explores the National Trust property’s flora and fauna.
Pirate Jess from Swanwick Lakes Wildlife Reserve is visiting Milton Locks Wildlife Reserve in Southsea today for a Pirate Party.
From 1.30pm to 3pm there will be salty stories and seafaring games for children aged four to seven on this beautiful patch of seaside in the heart of the city.
Book in advance on 01489 570 240.
Finally, Portsmouth City Museum is holding a falconry display on Thursday.
The event is part of the Out to Lunch free series of events from noon until 2pm.
On Tuesday families can design sweets and paint marzipan and on Wednesday there will be Morse code machines and magic messages.
But Thursday is the day that fits with our nature and animal theme as the museum hosts amazing flying displays and magnificent birds of prey.