Wild activities for families

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Whether you're looking for a whole day out or something to do indoors, here's where you'll find activity packs, downloads and events for children and families.

My Wild Season

Look out for wildlife across the seasons and use the spotter sheets to record what you've seen.

My Wild Summer

Your Wild Summer booklet is packed with ideas and information from The Wildlife Trusts to help you explore nature and wild places, either at home, on days out, or on holiday. We’re on a mission to keep families wild and connected with nature!

My Wild Winter

This booklet is packed full with ideas from The Wildlife Trusts to help you explore nature and wild places, either at home or on days out. We’re on a mission to help keep families wild and connected with nature, whatever the weather. So grab your gloves and pull on your wellies, it’s time to begin your wild winter.

Family Walk Guides to Cumbria's Nature Reserves

Get out to nature reserves across Cumbria and see what you can spot.

Bowness-on-Solway Nature Reserve

Wildlife has an amazing ability to bounce back if given a chance. Recolonisation of this former gravel quarry has happened with remarkable speed and it now has far more species than you might think possible.

Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve

The peat bog here started to form around 7,000 BC and has developed a layer of peat a metre thick every 1,000 years ever since. The vast open area is home to roving red deer, hunting owls and the silent hovering of dragonflies in the summer. Bring your binoculars and climb the viewing tower for the best view!

Smardale Gill Nature Reserve

A walk at Smardale Gill Nature Reserve will be full of fascinating history and wildlife for your family to discover. Stunning views, a hair-raisingly high railway bridge, and woodlands full of birds and butterflies make this walk very popular with local people.

Grubbins Wood Nature Reserve

The spectacular yew woodland, beautiful wildflower grassland and a stunning shore walk are all reasons for you to visit Grubbins Wood Nature Reserve. In addition, the presence of the unusual Lancastrian whitebeam gives you chance to spot a rare tree only found in this area.

Humphrey Head Nature Reserve

Humphrey Head is the tallest limestone sea cliff in Cumbria (152ft). Aside from its interesting geological exposures, people that visit the area enjoy cliff-top fields filled with colourful and rare wildflowers, excellent spots for bird watching on the estuary of nearby Morecambe Bay and shallow channels and pools that are bursting with marine life.

For the Little Ones

Benjamin is six years old and belongs to Susanne. He is a curious dog and loves to explore. You can download his tales and follow him on his adventures trotting through forests and fields and meeting all kinds of wild creatures on the way. Some of the creatures Benjamin meets are in trouble. Download a story to find out why.

Build a nest box for a bird in your garden in Spring

Making a nesting box in your garden will encourage birds to set up home in your garden and lay their eggs to breed.

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How to make a nest box for garden birds

Build a hedgehog house in your garden in Autumn

Making a simple hedgehog house in your garden will encourage a hedghog to use it as a shelter for their hibernation over the cold winter.

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Make a hedgehog house








Discover more about your local geology

While you're looking for birds, bugs and beasts, or noticing the beautiful flowers and the super views on your next family walk, why not take a moment to look at the geology around you?

Cumbria's geology is really fascinating; our rocks are over 500 million years old!

Take a look at our factsheet and see if you can spot these rocks, whether you're visiting a nature reserve or even popping out to the shops - you'll see geology is everywhere...





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