Nurturing the next generation of nature adventurers

Posted on 28th May 2012

Three of the UK’s largest nature organisations will today join forces to inspire a new generation of nature-loving Scouts from across the UK.

The Cub Scout Naturalist Activity Badge pack will launch at the Natural History Museum’s Big Nature Day on Sunday 27 May. This new suite of resources has been created by the Natural History Museum, The Wildlife Trusts and the National Trust to help Scout volunteers to deliver exciting programmes in a flexible way.

Emily Peters, Cub Scout aged 9 from 4th Enfield Scout Group, said,”I have tried out lots of activities in the Cub Scout’s activity pack and the Naturalist Badge has helped me learn about nature all around me. I have found out about plants and animals that I didn’t know existed near where I live”

Lucy Carter from The Natural History Museum said of the new resource pack, “It’s really exciting for us to work with The Wildlife Trusts and National Trust to get young people outdoors exploring nature and discovering the incredible variety of plants, animals and fungi right on their doorstep. The resource pack sets Cub Scouts on the road to becoming naturalists and shows them how to take part in surveys that help our scientists with real research.”

Available online from Sunday 27 May, the resource pack offers many challenges to bring Cub Scouts closer to nature, whether in an urban or rural setting. The activities will transform Cubs into bug hunters, bird detectives and tree trackers, getting them out into gardens, parks, and nature reserves managed by The Wildlife Trusts and the National Trust. To earn the Badge, Cubs must complete three tasks from a choice of six, including:
• Surveying a local hedgerow to find out which plants and animals live there
• Making a bird feeder to put in their garden then recording which birds visit the garden
• Taking part in a pond dip to identify the different pond invertebrates.

Buzzards: Defra Management Techniques Study

Posted on 25th May 2012

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said:

“After years of persecution, people have welcomed the return of the buzzard to our countryside. The Wildlife Trusts are seriously concerned that this conservation success story could now be undermined, and will strongly oppose any attempt to weaken the protection afforded to this species. The fact the Government is considering these plans runs entirely counter to its aspirations for the recovery and restoration of nature. With our native wildlife facing so many pressures, Government should draw a line through plans to bully the buzzard.”