Young Naturalists

Young Naturalists

Young Naturalists © T Standish

Young Naturalists

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Aged 13-17 and love wildlife? Young Naturalists is a monthly meet-up for anyone with an interest in the natural world. If you want to get outdoors, gain practical skills, and help protect our wonderful wildlife, then we’d love to meet you.

At our meet-ups, you’ll learn how to identify different species, manage a range of habitats, and perfect various bushcraft skills. You’ll also hear talks from local wildlife experts and find out what it’s like to work in conservation.

Together we’ll explore our base of operations, Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, and visit other conservation sites further afield. As we share our interests, you'll have the chance to try out and develop other skills like wildlife photography.

So if you're looking to learn new things, meet new people, and have a bit of an adventure, why not come along and see what you discover?

Young Naturalists is funded by the Cameron Bespolka Trust.

How to get here

There are several ways to reach Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, including by public transport. If you're having trouble getting to us please get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

What to bring

  1. Clothing and footwear suitable for being outdoors and the weather on the day.
  2. A packed lunch and a bottle of water in a rucksack that can be carried.
  3. A completed parental consent form if you’re new to Young Naturalists – parents and guardians might want to read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement.
  4. £4 suggested donation - cash only please! We ask for a little more for overnight camps and residential trips.

How to book

We usually meet on the last Sunday of each month, from 10am – 2.30pm, at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve.

If you want to come along, please book in advance by contacting Tracy on 01425 472760 or



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