Minibeast Safaris

From slugs and snails to spiders, woodlice, hoppers, bugs and damselflies you will find them all here at Wild Oak Woods.

In this two hour long safari in to the undergrowth we will catch and take a very close look at beasties that live in the trees, beasties that live in long grass and creatures that live under logs and stones. Elspeth will provide your group with the equipment and demonstrate how best to perform tree shakes, sweep netting and log turning. You can then catch your favourite beasties in bug boxes provided for you to use so you can get to know some bugs and beasties up close and personal before returning them to where they live in the woods. Learn how each one benefits the environment and begin to understand the whole ecology of natural woodland and how the woodland communities of living creatures interact.

But that does not have to be the end of your beastly experience, you can take a reminder of your favourite critters home by decorating your body with face paintings of their images or making little models of them using natural materials.

Though this activity is not advised for the squeamish, children as young as five years old love to catch and look at the different bugs and beasties to be found in the woods.

If your family or group would like to try any of the 'Families in the Woods' activities please call Elspeth on 07747042197 for further details and to discuss what activities would suit you best.

Families in the woods activities are a great way to get in touch with the environment and get to know the area when you are on holiday and are ideal for birthday parties for outdoorsy kids.

Activities generally take place between 2.00pm and 4.00pm any day of the week though other times may be possible by prior arrangement. Family tickets admitting two adults and two children to the two hour group activities cost £20. Other groups can easily be accommodated and are charged depending on the size of the group. Booking is essential for all Families in the Woods activities.

For all activities in the woods please come wearing clothes you don't mind getting a bit mucky, trousers are best as they will protect you from any nettles you may encounter, and strong shoes or boots.

Areas used for group work are monitored on a regular basis and all activities are risk assessed by the experienced staff at Wild Oak Woods.