Wildlife Watch Group

The National Memorial Arboretum covers 150 acres comprising a wide variety of natural habitats including emerging woodland, hay meadows, riverbank and marsh. Our popular Wildlife Watch Group takes advantage of this diverse and interesting landscape by offering a range of exciting, nature-based activities and walks for children aged 8 to 14.

Go on the hunt for over 100 species of birds, including skylark, lapwing, oystercatcher and kingfisher. Or lie in wait for an otter as she slowly swims to the riverbank with her pups – alert to the slightest movement.

Other activities, led by our Wildlife Officer, include shelter making, pond dipping, bird feeding, snail races and camouflage games. You’ll also get to learn about activities like hedge-laying and willow sculpture.

The variety of habitats within the Arboretum site illustrates the biodiversity of the area. Each of these has its own flora and fauna. And, of course, the site benefits from a very wide range of special trees. Birds and animals found here include several species highlighted in the Staffordshire Biodiversity Action Plan, such as the skylark, lapwing, brown hare, otter and several species of bat.

The group meets from 2pm to 4pm on the third Saturday of each month. Parents interested in enrolling their children should contact the Arboretum on 01283 245 100 or email info@thenma.org.uk.