A BIG Thank You!

Thanks to your donations towards the Young North East Naturalist Appeal, many children and young people across the North East have already benefitted.  

Children from St Wilfrid’s Catholic School, Blyth are just one of the schools who have been able to visit Gosforth Nature Reserve, something they wouldn’t have been able to do without funding to pay for their transport. Schools are finding it increasingly more difficult to fund school trips and with your help, we have been able to give children opportunities to enjoy the natural world, not only to learn about plants and animals first-hand but to embark on experiences they otherwise might not get.  

Thank you so much for inviting us to come to your fantastic nature reserve. We had the most amazing time 

Class Teacher, St  Wilfrid’s. 

Thanks to the expertise and enthusiasm of volunteer Education Rangers, children enjoyed a range of exciting activities throughout an inspiring day of wonder. They took part in pond dipping, finding things such as water boatmen, caddis fly larvae and pond skaters. They enjoyed bird spotting on the lake from the Ridley hide and learning how to use binoculars. During their nature walk they spotted all kinds of signs of life in the woodland – badger latrines, deer tracks, slugs and harvestmen to name a few. Some of the children were even lucky enough to spot a deer which made their day!  

Children also enjoyed getting creative with natural resources to produce land art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.

Opportunities like this are vital to children’s learning and development. We are very lucky to have such a wildlife-rich site at Gosforth Nature Reserve that we can share with young people to enhance their experiences.  

Thank you so much for giving us this fantastic opportunity 

Alnwick Class, St Wilfrid’s Catholic School