Wildlife-themed activities to keep young (and old) minds active.
It’s August and we’re all about having fun at the seaside this month!
So, if you can, head to the beach and go on a rockpool safari or beach combing adventure and see what you can find. We also have lots of fun things for you to do at home!
It was National Marine Week in July, and if you didn’t see it, this short film is a great introduction to a typical day on the beach:
Have a look at our Crazy Rock Pool Creatures facts sheet and find out more about some of the animals which live in British rock pools. If you are lucky enough to live by the beach or go on a day trip there this summer, carefully look in some rock pools and try to write down or remember what you see. We have a survey that you can fill in to share your discoveries with us – click here.
Remember to stay safe when rockpooling:
- Always have an adult with you
- Keep an eye on the tide and make sure you don’t go too far
- Walk carefully on wet rocks and seaweed as they can be very slippery
- If you turn over a rock or seaweed to look underneath, always put it back how you found it
- Don’t go into rock pools as they can be deep
- Some creatures can sting or nip, so be careful if you touch them
Even more information can be found here. https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/marine
Look to the skies, on the water and cliffs, as we also have a wonderful assortment of seabirds which live on or visit our coasts. Here are some that you may sea:
- Can you see their nests?
- Are they digging in the sand looking for tasty worms and sea snails, or are they diving for fish?
- Carefully watch these ocean explorers and imagine their life at sea
Find out more about seabirds here https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/birds/seabirds
Collect bits of driftwood, shells, feathers and interesting stones, maybe even some rounded seaglass, and make a beautiful wall hanging or mobile when you get home. All you need is some string and a stick or two, and tie your seaside treasures onto the string and hang them from your stick. Every time you see it afterwards, it will bring back your marine memories.
Here’s a tentactular octopus drawing sheet for you to colour in! Click on the picture below to open up a downloadable sheet.
Share your results by tagging us and using #dwtwildathome: DurhamWildlifeTrust @durhamwildlife @durhamwildlife