Family fun and connecting with nature.

The summer has well and truly arrived! The learning team are working flat out delivering school sessions, regular groups and weekend events to help people celebrate their 30 days wild.

As well as being a great evening out last week's nature summit offered me a great opportunity to reflect on my connection with nature and personal sustainability. One thing I have really taken away from the evening is the reason why I am seeing and hearing more nature than ever before Dr Amy-Jane Beer spoke of the importance of names, and how naming something makes it resonate more with you. Since learning that two toned tweet belongs to a chif chaf I cannot stop hearing them when I head out for a run.

Over the last month I have teamed up with Lucy to deliver school sessions in a number of Ipswich primary schools. Adaptation, flowers and pollination have been a recurring theme. On one particular day we delivered the same session nine times,and although the components of the session remained the same each one was slightly different from the last as our delivery adapted based on our evaluations and the age group.

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There has been one stand out group this month, a school group for children with profound and multiple learning needs, which has really altered our approach to planning a forest school session. We have a heightened awareness of exploring the world through the senses, yet are sensitive to the fact that some students are visually or audibly impaired and other students are not tactile - after a lot of head scratching and clever thinking a sensory safari has been planned for a future session and we are looking forward to seeing the result! Seeing the enjoyment that these students and the amazing staff have together makes the extra challenges so worthwhile.

The Suffolk show was an opportunity to engage with a huge number of people across two days and across two of the main activities we had on offer; bug hunting and pond dipping. There were a huge variety of invertebrates found in in the pond, the wood chippings and in among the ox- eye dasies. The biggest highlight of this event was seeing (and joining in with) families who were enjoying the natural environment together. I have even been inspired to turn an old plant pot into my very own nature pond - I can’t wait to see what species settle here as the summer arrives!

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