Youngsters have the chance to get busy exploring nature as part of a new programme.
Busy Bees Nursery in North Harbour and Chandler’s Ford is working with the Wildlife Trusts on Busy Bees Goes Wild.
This has been designed to help re-ignite children’s curiosity about the natural world.
Nursery manager Heather Moyce-Phillips says: ‘The children are very excited to be taking part in the Busy Bees Goes Wild awards programme, pulling on their Wellingtons, hats and scarves and venturing into the outdoors to complete fun and educational activities.’
As part of Busy Bees’ Goes Wild, children will take part in a number of wildlife-themed activities both in nursery and at home, documenting wildlife they encounter using special scrapbooks.
Dawn Morgan, children’s engagement officer for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, says: ‘Helping children and families to discover nature and make the most of the wildlife close to home is a big part of our work.
‘The Busy Bees Goes Wild scheme is about getting children closer to nature.
‘The scrapbooks offer ways for children to share their wildlife experiences and the awards encourage an interest in nature through letting them experience the real thing for themselves.’
Children will receive certificates when they finish their scrapbook and there will also be a national competition.
Winners will receive goody bags and a family membership to their local Wildlife Trust.
One overall winner will receive a family break at a Center Parcs resort.
Busy Bees managing director Marg Randles says: ‘Exploring the natural world has been an integral part of childhood for centuries and represents a free, fun and accessible way for children, and their families, to spend quality time together.
‘We’ve partnered with the Wildlife Trusts because we want to champion the great outdoors and encourage our children to discover nature and enjoy exploring.’
To request a scrapbook or to find out more about the scheme, please call the nursery on (023) 9238 3030.