Wildlife Watch Club & John Muir Award

Wildlife Watch Club has been running as an afterschool club for several years in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

We offer sessions once every half-term and aim to be outdoors whatever the weather. Past sessions have involved:

  • fire-lighting
  • bug hunting
  • pond and stream dipping
  • bird feeders
  • pollinator hanging baskets
  • hedgerow detectives
  • hibernation houses
  • nocturnal life
  • mud, glorious mud!
  • woodland detectives
  • bird watching
  • plastic pollution
  • mud pie faces

As well as having fun outdoors, we learn about and explore the outdoor environment through our school grounds and other local environments. We encourage the children to explore further back at home too. Every time a child attends a Wildlife Watch Club session, they earn a sticker for their Hedgehog Award. Once they have achieved this they can move onto their Kestrel Award.

Have a look at some of our photos in the gallery.

From September 2019 we are offering a new challenge for Wildlife Watchers in years 4, 5 and 6 who will be working towards a John Muir Award. Find out more here.

Click the picture to find our more about who John Muir was:

Over the year we will share our journey of discovery...

Please also have a look at the photos in the gallery too.

As well as our Monday lunchtime sessions we also meet for after school sessions every 3 weeks. Our first session was on Tuesday 10th September. The weather was warm and sunny. After exploring microhabitats around the school grounds we enjoyed some raspberries from the Corvedale Centre for Children's garden. Yummy! We also worked together to make the words JOHN MUIR AWARD using natural materials.

We've enjoyed trying out our camera trap in different locations around school. So far we've spotted birds, squirrels, cats and some field mice. We also collected some fruit and vegetables from the garden which Heather, our school cook, used to cook delicious dinners!

Quite a few of our group have chosen to do the optional tasks and we've enjoyed sharing these together in our Monday lunchtime sessions. One was about microhabitats at home and another was all about trees near home. We've had a great selection of posters and photos as well as some great artwork.

Our second afterschool session on Tuesday 1st October focussed on trees. It was rather cold and wet but we managed to explore the trees in our school grounds and walked down to Delbury Hall woods to see some larger specimens. Our third afterschool session on Tuesday 22nd October involved making hedgehog houses out of willow and wire. It was sunny for the first time in weeks but we still lit a fire to keep us warm.