Rainton Meadows Wildlife Watch Wins ‘Best New Group’

Durham Wildlife Trust News


Durham Wildlife Trust’s Rainton Meadows Wildlife Watch Groups, established February 2016, has been awarded ‘Best New Group’ by a panel of judges in a UK-wide competition. Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and is the UK’s leading environmental action club for children.

Rainton Meadows Wildlife Watch group learning about plant distribution

The Rainton Meadows Watch Group, which was led by Phil Sanderson, enjoyed an engaging programme of activities throughout 2016 including pond dipping, small mammal trapping, plant dissection and rock pooling.

The judges were particularly impressed with the variety of activities, the enthusiasm shown by the children and the indoor and outdoor activities planned for each meeting.

The Watch group explores the abundance of life found in the ponds around Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve

Phil Sanderson who led the group throughout 2016 says, “The award is a testament to the hard work of the volunteers who make it possible and to the children who so enthusiastically get involved each month”.

Watch group get up close to some of the small mammals found around our reserves

The Rainton Meadows Wildlife Watch group meets on the third Saturday of the month at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve from 10.30am – 12.30pm. All ages are welcome, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. New members are encouraged to come along and get involved. For more details please see our events page or telephone 0191 584 3112.

(Click here for details on our Low Barns Wildlife Watch Watch Group)