Find your wild side in Leeds this summer

A new project aims to reveal Leeds' wild side and bring families in the city closer to nature.

Thursday, 26th May 2016, 2:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th May 2016, 3:28 pm
Roundhay Park in Leeds.

The RSPB has launched a new project, funded by the supermarket Aldi, encouraging families to go wild this summer.

The project will see mini beast hunting, scavenger hunts and many other wildlife activities introduced to parks across the city.

From May half-term holiday until September, visitors to a number of sites including Roundhay Park and Pudsey Park will be able to join the RSPB for exciting nature activities that will help families get closer to nature and uncover the wildlife secrets in their city.

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Debbie Coldwell, RSPB Family Events Officer, said: “We’re lucky because Leeds is teeming with amazing wildlife just waiting to be discovered.

“The summer is when nature comes alive and is the perfect time to get outside and explore the nature on our doorsteps.

“From bugs to butterflies, hedgehogs to house sparrows, this new scheme gives families a great opportunity to learn about wildlife, see how they can give nature a home and have fun.”

According to figures, only ten per cent of children now regularly play outside in a natural setting, compared to 40 per cent in the 1970’s.

Over the past decade, research has been carried out into the wide-ranging benefits for children who spend time outdoors in nature.

Jonathan Neale, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi, said: “Aldi’s partnership with the RSPB is funded by proceeds from our carrier bags sales; it aims to educate as many people as possible about British wildlife.

“We’re proud to be supporting this fantastic initiative that is set to bring thousands of families together.”

To find out more, visit the RSPB West Yorks Facebook page.