Freak out about frogs, “coo” over cuckoos and marvel at model birds made of Lego in the spring issue of Wildlife Watch, the magazine for members of The Wildlife Trusts’ junior branch.
In a regular wildlife-spotting guide, Nick Baker takes us into the back garden to find amphibian friends who might be hopping through the lawn, or plunging into the pond, as they emerge from their winter rest. And journalist Michael McCarthy takes a look at the cuckoo, which often gives us the first sign of spring with its famous call. Are these birds declining, and why? Where can you hear a cuckoo? Wildlife Watch answers all these questions, and more.
In the last issue readers were challenged to send in pictures of the best Lego birds they could make, and the creative results of the competition are announced. There is also a free funky fox poster for every reader – these cunning critters are a great way to fill up some wall space.
Adam Cormack, The Wildlife Trusts’ communications manager, said: “Spring is when wildlife starts to awaken, and suddenly there are opportunities everywhere to spot some of our most fascinating species. Wildlife Watch can help all wildlife-lovers make the most of this exciting season. Before you know it you will be poking under rocks in the garden to discover what’s lurking beneath.”
Members of Wildlife Watch receive not only the glossy magazine complete with free poster, but a fantastic folder packed with badges, stickers, a membership card and other goodies. In Lincolnshire, we also have 9 Wildlife Watch local groups and 23 school groups, where children can get up close and personal with wildlife, seeing it outside in the wild with the guidance of volunteer leaders or teachers. Best of all, Wildlife Watch members know that they are helping the UK’s wildlife by supporting the work of The Wildlife Trusts.
“I shout about The Wildlife Trusts and encourage parents to support their children in joining Wildlife Watch because when I was little I didn't know it existed,” Said Nick Baker, who is also a Vice President of The Wildlife Trusts. “I had no idea who to discuss wildlife with and I felt I was on my own. By joining Wildlife Watch you know you are in good company.”
To find out more about Wildlife Watch in Lincolnshire visit www.lincstrust.org.uk
To find out how to join Wildlife Watch visit www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/Membership
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