Born to be wild


This challenge is sure to bring out your inner wild child.

Kids (and kids at heart) across the city will be learning all about nature. Plymouth City Council’s Active Neighbourhood’s project has teamed up with the RSPB for its Wild Challenge.

The RSPB and ALDI Wild Challenge is a national campaign made up of fun activities for schools, with three certificated levels of award for pupils; Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

The challenge aims to get more than 400 children connecting with nature. There are free school sessions that include making bug hotels; habitat exploring; creative nature writing and rock pooling. Support and training for the project will be given to staff at schools to help their pupils achieve the awards.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for StreetScene and the Environment said: “Being outdoors, getting a bit muddy and learning about wildlife is so important for our kids; it benefits physical and mental health and has been shown to improve achievement in school.

“Here in Plymouth we have some of the most outstanding natural spaces in Britain, and it’s so important that our children experience the outdoors and understand how and why we interact with wildlife. We have pledged to improve the quality of education in Plymouth, and the Wild Challenge is an exciting step towards that.”

Anton Boari, RSPB South West Education, Families and Youth Manager, said: “As a parent of three boys all under the age of ten, we are always very active, but sometimes it can be difficult to think of activities that allow the little ones to get the most out of nature. The RSPB Wild Challenge is perfect, as it makes things easy. This new scheme offers a broad range of challenges to cater for all ages, skills, and covering a cross section of wildlife.

“My children are really excited about completing the challenges and are keen to press onto a bronze award this Easter! The Wild Challenge is a fantastic tool for people that are looking for something fun and exciting to engage the whole family! Families are really starting to get excited about nature across Devon and the amazing thing about it all is that nature is for fun for free!”

A celebration and awards event on 9 July with local theatre company Stiltskin at the newly-built Teats Hill Open Air Theatre for all the schools that have taken part. This year Stiltskin are working with Holy Cross Primary School to perform a play about marine plastic litter. Local residents are invited to come along at watch this lively performance at 1pm on 9 July.

As a city we’re working to reduce single use plastics through the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Task Group and recently achieved Plastic Free Waterfront status. You can find out more by searching #PlasticsPledgePlym or by clicking here. For more information on Active Neighbourhoods, go to www.facebook.com/ActiveNeighbourhoodsProject

Click here for more information on the RSPB and Wild Challenge.