Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust are encouraging families across the county to bring outdoor exploration closer to home with a new range of weekly activities.

The programme, known as Go Wild at Home, is designed to show how the natural world remains in easy reach even during the restrictions of a pandemic.

The activities are suitable for children, families and teachers and can be found over on the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust website. The activities include wildlife spotting from the house and garden, Osprey live streams from Rutland Water and weekly video tutorials from the trust’s Wild Forest School team that challenge youngsters to make items such as stick butterflies and bird’s nests using natural materials.

If you’re looking for hours of fun and inspiration during the lockdown period, you’ll find it here, plus it’s also a useful educational resource for teachers/home schooling. Families can sign up to a weekly email update for the latest activities and children can share their creations to be in with a chance of winning a prize every month. The Go Wild at Home activities also count towards the national Wildlife Watch award scheme.

Tim Graham, Chief Executive of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: “With people across Leicestershire and Rutland spending a lot more time in their homes and gardens, it’s really important for us to be able to offer such a range of activities that help children to get creative and learn more about the world around them. All of our Go Wild at Home activities can be carried out at home using natural materials and minimum preparation time, even if you don’t have a garden.

For more information on the Go Wild at Home activities, please visit https://www.lrwt.org.uk/go-wild-home.