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gowildguidecoopbadgerThe Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and The Southern Co-operative have joined forces to launch a new free ‘Go Wild Guide’ for families, available in Southern Co-operative stores across the region.

Among the ideas for post-summer holiday activities included in the guide are a guide to making a simple bird feeder in the garden, an I-spy challenge, and tips for a wild scavenger hunt. Also included is information about local nature clubs and events for families.

The guide has been released as part of the ‘My Wild Neighbourhood’ campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of nature on our doorsteps, and inspire families with wild ideas.

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Dawn O’Malley, Education Development Officer at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust said:

“It’s easier than you think to find wild things do in your neighbourhood – and best of all, they’re often free. Whether it’s going on a wild scavenger hunt, or making a simple bird feeder, there’s plenty we can do outdoors. Being able to offer our family-focused Go Wild Guides in Southern Co-op Stores is a wonderful opportunity. We hope it inspires many families to Go Wild!”

Jessica Hughes, Community Investment Manager for the Southern Co-operative said:

“Seeing a child’s face light up the first time they find a little mini-beast lurking under a log or stone is a magical experience and one they won’t forget.

“Our work with the Wildlife Trust focuses on our aim to help communities create ‘Greener Neighbourhoods’ – something over 4500 members and customers told us was important to them, along with Safer, Healthier and More Inclusive. Inspiring children to engage with nature means that more people will care about the environment around them, and help protect it for generations to come.”

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For more ideas and inspiration visit www.hiwwt.org.uk/MyWildNeighbourhood.

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