As Halloween approaches, creatures are hunkering down and hibernating, but across RSPB nature reserves, in the depths of enchanted forests, mystical marshes, frightening fens, and haunted heathlands there remain many beasts that go bump in the night.
Families won’t have to go far to experience the wild things. RSPB wildlife experts will be on hand to showcase Lincolnshire beasts that creep, crawl, flap and slither, in a range of wild-thing-themed events at RSPB Frampton Marsh.
Chris Andrews, RSPB Visitor Experience Manager at Frampton Marsh said: “Whether you’re a wild child or a big kid at heart; whether you choose to wear fear-inspiring fancy dress, your weirdest wellies, or just turn up as yourself, it is important to visit your local nature reserve this half-term and let your inner wild thing roam.
“With the amount of time children and their families are spending outside in nature declining, unleashing your inner wild thing will provide the perfect opportunity to get out and discover the wild things that surrounds us all. The chance to take a step closer to the wonders of nature and embrace our local wildlife in all its forms, should be a part of every child’s life. The RSPB is here to help every family start their own wild adventure”
A recent RSPB research survey has revealed that an overwhelming number of children want to turn off the TV, put down their devices and spend more time outside exploring nature (note 1). Don’t worry if the thought of leaving your smartphone at home this Halloween gives you the heebie jeebies though. Take it with you and share your photos or videos of your #wildthings with the RSPB on Facebook @RSPBLincsand Twitter @RSPBintheEast..
#WildThings events in Lincolnshire:
Trick or Treat Treasure Trail at RSPB Frampton Marsh
Come learn the legends of local wildlife! You will take a gentle stroll around the surfaced paths, finding out some spooky stories about our furred and feathered friends. Answer the questions and you can win a tasty treat. But watch out for the Shuck, our local ghost dog!
Suitable for ages 4 and above, sorry no dogs. No need to book. Please allow 1 hour to do the trail.
When: Saturday 21 October to Monday 30 October, 10 am - 3 pm
Price: £2.75 per child (RSPB members 20% off)
Birds for Kids at RSPB Frampton Marsh
Is your child a budding Michaela Strachan or Chris Packham? Help them learn their swans from swallows with this child-friendly birdwatching course. Well start with theory and fieldcraft before putting it into practice with a trip onto the reserve. Sorry, no dogs.
When: Wednesday 25 October, sessions at 11am and 2pm
Price: £3.50 per child, accompanying adults free (20% off for RSPB members)
Booking essential, call 01205 724678
Top 5 #wildthings to find this autumn:
- Spooky spiders – head out into the garden first thing in the morning and witness these eight-legged creatures weave glistening dew-dropping webs.
- Fabulous fungi – look out for mushrooms and toadstools in enchanted forests. If you’re very quiet you might see fairies resting there. Look, don’t touch!
- Bursting berries – admire the colours of berries against autumnal leaves on tremendous trees. If you’re confident forage blackberries and sloes for free and make potions in nature’s kookiest kitchen.
- Creeping critters – after jumping in and out of squelching puddles, look at the crunchy leaves on the woodland floor. All kinds of creepy crawlies will be setting up an autumn home down on the ground.
- Shore-borne shells – following an autumnal storm take a trip to the coast. Look for the shells that marine wild things call home, left behind after high tides. You might even find a crab sheltering under rocks.