My perception of the Nature Play Walk arranged by Sarah from the YWT was probably an audience of around 10 people would attend. I was wrong as 26 adults and children some from the Shipley area greeted us at Victoria park in Oakenshaw.
We started off on our nature walk in Toad holes Beck admiring the lovely Hart’s tongue fern and the children looking out for the resident Coots as we slowly made our way to Raw Nook NR.
Once there Sarah talked about mosses and mini beasts and the children added more and more leaves to their collections.
The next challenge on the reserve was for the children to find the delightful Scarlet Elf cup (fungi)…Thankfully ( with a bit of help) all the children found the magical fungi
Whilst Sarah was explaining about the delights of the Hazel catkins to the enthusiastic audience I set the children a challenge to find a pine ( Scots) tree and it’s cones. Their little legs were off…and soon their hands were full of pine cones…
So as the walk ended and smiling faces were evident I thought the real winners of the walk are the next generation as they enjoyed and discovered ‘ URBAN ‘ biodiversity which is only 4 miles from Bradford city centre..
With special thanks to Sarah and YWT.