Our pick of the best wildlife trails and interactive events at public parks and gardens

There’s never a better time to get the kids exploring the outdoors than over the summer months. If they are wild about wildlife or don’t mind getting their hands a bit dirty there are plenty of events taking place at public parks and gardens across the country. From survival challenges to discovering wildlife, here are just a few ways of keeping the kids busy this summer. 

Butterfly

Butterfly walks

Every afternoon in August, Bookham Commons in Surrey is inviting families to explore the woodlands in the hope of spotting the rare and elusive purple emperor butterfly. There are many other beautiful butterflies to see too, with 29 known species found in the woods, as well as all sorts of birds. This is a magical walk for the whole family. If you’re not close by, find out where your nearest butterfly walk is.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bookham-commons/things-to-see-and-do/article-1356403930286/

Attingham Adventures: Bug-ology

If your children can’t walk past a muddy puddle without jumping in it, the fun-filled adventures at Attingham Park in Shrewsbury are just the ticket. The children get the chance to get a bit messy and take part in a bug hunt, which includes some creepy crawly games along the way. They can carry on their bug-ology adventures with a bug hunter kit to take home afterwards.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/find-an-event/?uuid=08cff505-a381-4ad0-a632-ac0bb30fd0bc

Dragonfly

Seven Secret Doors

Across the summer Shugborough Estate is opening up its gardens for little explorers. The magical gardens inspired by the famous Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien are the perfect setting for an enchanted event. There are seven hidden doors dotted about the garden, each with something extra special and spellbinding behind them for the children to unlock.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/find-an-event/?uuid=2b163551-2885-4ded-9fc9-2df33dfff412

Summer of Archaeology Indiana Bones Trail

For young archaeology investigators, Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire needs help uncovering some amazing discoveries. Choose a trail to explore and let the kids search through the Summer of Archaeology excavations. The trail is running right up until the start of September to locate all of the bones. Indiana Jones hat optional.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/find-an-event/?uuid=3d349df1-1fc5-4f29-9eb8-6db03ba008ed

Excavating for bones

Wild Wednesday Seashore Shenanigans

Every Wednesday in August join the Wild Lizard Ranger at Lizard Point and Kynance Cove in Cornwall to rummage in the rockpools and discover some weird and wonderful sea creatures. It’s a chance for the kids to learn more about the secret lives of some of the sealife that call our British seasides and rugged coastlines their home.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lizard-point-and-kynance-cove/things-to-see-and-do/events/

What nature trail or outdoor event will you and the kids be taking part in this summer? Share you photos with us on Twitter @best4hedging.

 

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