The Wild Child Club is for children aged 6 - 10

  • The Friday Wild Child 2pm - 4pm group has been running for over three years. It meets every two weeks. The group is almost fully subscribed at present and is only for home-educated children. Enquire about a possible place for your child(ren).
  • At present there is no Wild Child Group for children educated at school. Attendance at the old Saturday group was too patchy - because of so many other things to do at weekends. As an experiment, we will run a Friday late afternoon group (5pm - 6.30pm alternate weeks) for children attending a primary school. If you would like to request a place in this group (or fix a date for a trial session) please contact
  • There are some online resources that are available for anyone to use - visit Wild-Child-online.
  • The Clubs give a small group of children a chance to enjoy and learn about the countryside in and around our nature reserves as well as a chance to play in the open air and have social contact with other kids.
  • Each Club usually has ten children or less per session with an adult leader (a qualified teacher and naturalist) plus at least one of the parents.

There is no charge to join these clubs but many parents choose to make donations towards our costs and the management of our nature reserves.

The Friday group walked, May 2022, from Noakes Grove to Kings Field - a distance of eight miles.

Find out more - and why it was called the dinosaur walk

Some of our other activities

Group meetings usually last two hours and are based at one or other of our three nature reserves. There are also occasional overnight camps.

  • Keeping tadpoles and releasing them later as small frogs
  • Rearing peacock or tortoiseshell caterpillars
  • Catching mice and voles in catch-alive traps
  • Taking part in the Big Butterfly Count
  • Making rose-hip syrup
  • Harvesting apples and making apple juice
  • Dissecting a road-casualty squirrel
  • Metal detecting
  • Making leaf-prints of tree leaves
  • Photographing fungi and getting them identified by an expert.
  • Deer-watching
  • Pond-dipping
  • Climbed trees
  • Making nest-boxes and fixing them on trees
  • Building dens
soring moths
magnifyng water fleas
Identifying the moths caught in the moth-trap
Benjamin, Tristan & Leo studying water-fleas
butterfly count boxed  butterfly
The Big Butterfly Hunt
A good catch
treasure hunt feeding sheep
Treasure Hunting
Feeding the Sheep
Bendysh squirrel
Off on a deer-watch at Bendysh Wood
Dissecting a road-kill squirrel


(click the moth names for more info and pictures)

In December the Tuesday group sorted out the moths in our moth trap - yes there are moths out in the middle of winter. We caught:

Winter Moth Mottled Umber Dark Chestnut

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Updated 6 August 2023