The RSPB is urging families to ‘go wild’ in Leeds’ parks this summer.
The initiative, in partnership with ALDI, aims to buck the declining trend of the time children and families spend outdoors in nature.
The RSPB Connecting with Nature report revealed that children in the UK were missing out on a wealth of mental and physical benefits from not spending enough time outside, with only one in five having a healthy connection to nature.
Louise Gibson, RSPB Wild Parks family events officer for Leeds, said: “Families gain so much from being outside exploring and discovering nature. Summer is the perfect time to get outside and connect with the natural world. You don’t have to travel far from home to embark on your wild adventure; there is loads of wildlife just waiting to be discovered in your local park. From bugs to butterflies, hedgehogs to house sparrows – it’s always a thrill to see what wildlife is making its home there.
“Getting outside and discovering nature is important whether your motivation is happy healthy children, memorable family time or to see our towns and countryside richer in nature. The opportunity to connect with nature should be a part of every child’s life and the RSPB Wild Parks project is here to help every family to explore the wild side of their city.”
From now until September, families will be able to join an RSPB expert in parks in the Leeds area for 24 fun and engaging Wild Challenges, like minibeast safaris, scavenger hunts and ‘bioblitzing’ and national treasure hunts, which are all free and do not require pre-sign up.
See www.rspb.org.uk/wildparks for more information.