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Learn, play and explore

Want to learn more about birds and other wildlife? That's great! We hope you have some fun along the way with our games and activities.

If you have any questions about a bird you have spotted or an item you found on the shore then use  Contact us to get in touch (just choose "Question for the rangers" in the drop down menu). 

 

 

 

 

What bird are you? quiz

Follow the link to find out what coastal bird you would be based on your likes and dislikes
What bird are you? (quiz-maker.com)

Solve a puzzle  Lapwing puzzle

Follow a link, choose the difficulty level and see how quick you can rearrange the pieces! Go! 

Shelduck swimming puzzle
Turnstone puzzle
Resting lapwing puzzle
Resting oystercatcher puzzle
Male mallard duck puzzle
Herring gull puzzle

Listen to the birds 

Are you bouncing out of bed before sunrise? Why not open your bedroom window and listen to natures finest symphony? Dawn chorus. Tickets are free and at this time of year you have a front row seat! Male birds will be singing their hearts out trying to compete for territory and trying to attract females. You can then try to identify the calls here - https://www.british-birdsongs.uk/

Our favourite nature nerd, Lucy Lapwing, also has some brilliant videos to help you tell different bird songs apart. Here's episode one, the blackbird - (1) How to Identify Blackbird Song - Episode 1 of Birdsong Lessons with Lucy Lapwing - YouTube

Another idea for investigating natural sounds is drawing a soundscape (sound map), here's a great guide - Natural sounds map.pdf (wildlifetrusts.org)

Make a nature collection 

Do you love to collect things when you go exploring outside? Shells, feathers, pebbles and pinecones are some good examples. If you already have a shell collection at home then watch Ranger Natalie's guide where you can learn some of the names of the animals that once lived inside your seaside finds. Just remember to always check that there aren't still animals left in your shells when you leave the beach. 

 

Get creative

How about writing a nature poem, song or story? Or maybe design a wild wordsearch?  
We'd love to see your examples!

Beach shells Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowGo rock pooling 

If you are lucky enough to live near to the coast then this is a fantastic activity for learning about the animals and plants that live in the intertidal zone (the beach that appears when the tide goes out). Just remember to rockpool safely and responsibly by checking the tides, wearing appropriate clothes and shoes and always putting things back where you found them. 

And don't worry if the tide is in when you head to the beach, there's plenty to find in the strandline like mermaids purses and maybe even jellyfish.

If you love rockpooling and beachcombing and would like to take it further and get involved in some intertidal surveys then head here - Intertidal Surveys | Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (hiwwt.org.uk)

Are you nature's Sherlock Holmes?Sand footprints

Lots of animals leave tracks in the mud or the sand. Ranger Natalie found these bird footprints at the beach, who do you think made these? It's not just footprints either, you can actually learn a lot about the animals by looking for other signs like poo!  

Take pictures of any signs of wildlife and research them online.

Build a wildlife home or bird feeder 

From hedgehogs to hawkmoths, and birds to bugs, lots of wildlife are waking up from hibernation and looking for a home. Do some research online and give them a helping hand building them a home!

Watch a wildlife webcam

Check out the secret lives of birds and animals.  What do they do when no one's watching? 

Get arty Sea dragon (sand castle)

How about creating some beach or garden art? You can make a beautiful masterpiece using just natural materials. 
For some colouring in, print off our bird colouring sheets (near top of the page) and design a funky looking coastal bird. Or, if you don't have a printer, see this great website for online colouring (we've chosen to direct you to the animals page where there are lots of birds and marine creatures) - http://coloritbynumbers.com/online/book/animals

Be a wildlife scientist

Do a wildlife survey in your garden, at the beach or in your local park. You could choose to just look for birds or just plants or you could make one big list of all the different species you find. It will be useful to have a ID guide with you and take a camera so you can take photos and look up anything you don't know the name of when you get home. If you don't have a camera then you could draw some pictures or write some notes to remind yourself later. And make sure to look out for bioblitz events to get involved with - these are big surveys when lots of people get together to look for different types of wildlife (often in a park). 

 

 

Want to learn more about wildlife? Here's some other websites to take a look at!