Week 8: 26th May
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This week we will be completing the Naturalist badge, which we started in week 1 and continued in week 3. We'll be visiting the area of nature again to see how things have changed, and doing some art with some natural materials. We'll also be looking at the Countryside Code.
Observing Nature - Naturalist badge
In week 1 and week 3 we looked at an area of nature near to us to see how things changed over the course of spring. With June on the way, we're getting towards summer, so you should definitely be able to notice some changes since your first visit.
Visit the area of nature again and have a good look around. Do the plants look different? What other changes do you notice?
If you started a poster in week 3 and didn't finish it, now is a good time to see if you can fill it in with any new trees or flowers you have found.
Send me some notes or pictures about the things you have seen in nature over the past few months so I can tick off that section of the badge.
Art from Nature - Naturalist badge
This activity also counts towards the naturalist badge, and you could start it while you are out on a walk observing nature. You are going to make some kind of art using natural materials. This could be anything you like, for example:
- Taking some rubbings of bark or natural stone surfaces using crayons and paper
- Collecting twigs, seeds and other things you find on the ground or in your garden (don't pick any wild plants!) and arranging these to make a picture
- Collecting a stone and painting it in some way
Send me a picture of your artwork to count towards the badge!
The Countryside Code - Naturalist and Outdoors Challenge badges
The final part of the Naturalist badge is to learn the Countryside Code and follow it when you are out and about. This also counts towards your Outdoors Challenge badge.
The Countryside Code is a set of rules that we should follow when we are out and about in the countryside. The main parts of the Countryside Code are Respect - Protect - Enjoy:
Respect other people
- Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
- Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available
Protect the natural environment
- Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
- Keep dogs under effective control
Enjoy the outdoors
- Plan ahead and be prepared
- Follow advice and local signs
To count towards your badge, create a poster summarising the Countryside Code and send me a picture of it.
There is more detailed information about the Countryside Code on the gov.uk website - though it's a bit boring to look at! I'm sure your posters can make it more colourful!