New Wildlings sessions at Beans Covert

Children can explore, get mucky and play independently this summer at new Wildlings sessions taking place at Bean Coverts near Burton-on-Trent.

Wildlings was launched by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in 2017 and has proved popular over a number of sites across the county, giving youngsters the chance to take part in a range of outdoor activities.

They are now taking place at Beans Covert as part of the Trust’s Transforming the Trent Valley Project (TTTV), which was officially launched earlier this year.

The TTTV project is a partnership of 18 organisations working together to restore and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the Trent Valley, with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at the helm.

The sessions are aimed at children aged six months to five years old. Typical activities include mud kitchens, swinging in hammocks, bug hunting, a campfire and natural crafts.

The price is subsidised by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Kathryn Kavanagh, TTTV Wildchild Officer, said: “Wildlings has been extremely popular across a number of sites in the county and we’re very pleased to be bringing it to Beans Covert as part of the TTTV project.

“Parents or carers must attend the sessions with their child, but are encouraged to take a step back and observe their youngsters in the wild.

“We’re really looking forward to sharing these fun filled sessions with families in the area. We play whatever the weather it’s a

wonderful opportunity for little ones to explore the great outdoors.”

Wildlings at Beans Covert runs every Friday during the summer holidays between 10.30am and 12pm, with the first session taking place on Friday 26th July.

Facilities can be found at Clay Lanes Pavilion who have kindly allowed the Trust use of their facilities during Wildlings sessions.

Places can be booked via www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/events

If no spaces are available and you wish to be added to the waiting list email GetWild@staffs-wildlife.org.uk