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My Wild Child - Back in Bristol this Autumn

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Posted: Friday 8th September 2017 by WildBlog

By Sarah Mitchell, Communications Officer

The My Wild Child sessions run by Avon Wildlife Trust have re-started this week for the autumn. They are free and run throughout the term-time in Bristol green spaces and parks, giving children and their parents and carers a chance to learn about nature and have fun together outdoors.

After taking a break from the regular sessions over the summer, Avon Wildlife Trust held two picnics at the end of August, with local children’s centres. One of the picnics was in Netham Park alongside the RSPB, The Limes Nursery School & Children's Centre, Barton Hill Children's Centre and Easton Community Children’s Centre. The other was at the Bommie – Knowle, alongside Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School, Knowle West Children's Centre and Southern Links Children's Centre. There was a great turn out, with some familiar My Wild Child faces, and some new families to meet.

They learnt about bugs and insects and went on wild walks exploring the colour and textures in nature and the creatures that make these parks their homes. The children found shrimp in the stream at the Bommie and butterflies, crickets and shield bugs at Netham Park. The sounds of curious voices filled the air. Little hands clutched magnifying glasses, paintbrushes and tufts of grass and they made headbands from leaves and wildflowers.

“Being outdoors allows the use of all the senses and feeling part of something bigger than oneself and the family unit,” says Penelope Walløe, a regular My Wild Child Mum. “It can also bring out a nurturing side in people where they portray how they care for animals, plants and insects…[and be] in tune with nature and so understanding the seasonal differences allows people to be prepared for them better.”

For some, this time of year means going back to school or work, while for others it’s taking care of young children. As people return from the summer holidays and bags and lunches are packed again every morning, we see the seasons shifting. Some experience a nostalgia for summer, while others a peaceful calm that things are slowing down. No matter what autumn brings for you and your family, staying connected to the changes that are happening outside can make the transition comforting.

There is plenty of ripe fruit around and a lot of small mammals will be feeding now to prepare themselves for the winter hibernation. There’s a little bit more orange, gold, red and yellow in the trees, as leaves start falling. And even though the air is a bit more damp there is something satisfying about wrapping up and stepping outside. Warm drinks are more cosy and there’s even more a reason to be close to one another for that extra bit of warmth.

To all the My Wild Child families in Bristol with under-fives – put on your layers, bring your wellies, a jacket and a blanket and experience the magic of autumn days through wild play and outdoor learning. The urban wild awaits and there are lots of fun activities, songs and stories planned…and maybe even a fire!

The My Wild Child sessions are held at: The Bommie - Knowle on Wednesday afternoons, St George Park on Thursday mornings and Horfield Common on Thursday afternoons. Thanks to Friends of St George Park, Horfield Common and the Northern Slopes Initiative for taking care of these green spaces for the local families and communities. Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting our My Wild Child sessions.

Find out more about the sessions here: http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/mywildchild

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