The Nature Collection

Have fun learning about the animals with the Animal Study Bags

toy sparrow

Toy House Sparrow

toy beetle

Where do Stag Beetles live?


Wildlife Walks

There is nothing better than being outdoors and learning about our local wildlife. As well as bringing my Collection into schools, I lead Wildlife Walks in Richmond Park for primary school classes and nurseries. Walks can start at any gate and last 1 - 2 hours. On the walk, the children complete Park Activity Sheets and explore Animal Study Bags. It is more like a wildlife course than a walk.

It is impossible to guarantee to see real wildlife on a walk, particularly with a group of excited children. We may be lucky and see jackdaws, parakeets, rabbits and deer but it is unlikely that everyone will see them. By bringing along Activity Sheets and Animal Study Bags, the children will certainly see something new and learn some interesting facts.

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The toy animals in the bags do not fly away, can be handled and examined, have their legs counted and eyes poked. You can choose which Animal Study Bags I bring, to fit in with what the children have been learning about. It could be woodland birds, mammals or minbeasts, or a mixture of all three.

For children aged 3 - 6, I suggest a walk of 45 - 60 mins. I will bring some Animal Study Bags. For older children aged 7 - 11, the walks last between 1 and 2 hours. I have Activity Sheets which they could complete using clipboards which I provide. There are questions about the Park's wildlife, history, trees and habitats. We stop several times on the walk and talk about the topics on the Activity Sheets, so the children can fill them in. I also bring Animal Study Bags so there is a combination of talking and visual resources.There are optional 'follow on' worksheets for the children to do, back in the classroom.

Children must be accompanied on the walks by their teachers, teaching assistants and/or parents, who are responsible for the childrens' safety and behaviour at all times.

If you prefer to lead the children yourselves and help them to discover all kinds of facts about the Park and its wildlife, you may want to see my book, 'Family Trails in Richmond Park'.