Whether it is taking a stroll at one of our family-friendly nature reserves, getting involved in a fun themed event, or simply wanting to all get closer to local wildlife, we've plenty for all the family to enjoy, whether they are three, 103... or somewhere inbetween!

Family Days Out...

There is plenty happening at our nature reserves across the region at this time of year...

Mere Sands Wood - Situated in the heart of West Lancashire, Mere Sands Wood has plenty for a brilliant family day out. In the spring you can explore a scenic woodland trail through woodland with bluebells and snowdrops, while birds on show including tufted duck, lapwing and kingfisher.

Freshfield Dune Heath - This gem on the Sefton Coast in Merseyside is currently home to some rare breed Golden Guernsey goat kids. Freshfield Dune Heath is a great spot to go on a family stroll and look out for red squirrels too!  

Moston Fairway - This wildlife haven is just one mile from Manchester city centre, so why not pop there to relax after a busy morning shopping? There’s a new footpath around the site that’s wheelchair and buggy friendly too.

Heysham nature reserve - A wetland reserve with an abundance of butterflies, Heysham's car park in open daily from 9am-6pm and is the home of our family-friendly 'Connecting to Nature' project, which is hosting a wide range of events this summer. You can find out more about that here.

Meanwhile, we've plenty of feathered summer migrants arriving across the region. Why not download our summer waders spotter sheet and record how many you are lucky enough to see?

Brockholes

Brockholes is our flagship nature reserve, based just off the M6 at Junction 31, near Preston. 

As well as a 250 acre nature reserve with pram and push chair accessible trails to explore, Brockholes is home to the UK's very first floating Visitor Village. this iconic place contains a lakeside restaurant and cafe, as well as an interactive Welcome Centre, a gift shop and an ice cream parlour.

This is one of the most exciting times of the year at Brockholes from a wildlife perspective - with eggs hatching plenty of chicks and the reserve a beautiful mix of colour, as the many species of flower are now in full bloom.

There is an exciting events schedule planned for the upcoming summer holidays too, with a Open Air Theatre, Minibeast Safari's, Family Forest Schools sessions and a series of popular 'Wild Families' events amongst the highlights!

Click here to find out more about Brockholes.

Find your Wild Events

We have a wide variety of fun, seasonal family events planned throughout the summer holidays. Some upcoming highlights are:

Marine Madness - We have a number of marine themed events and walks planned on our coasts as summer starts to arrive. Click here to find out more.

Festivals fit for a King - Our wonderful Kingfisher Trail project is hosting a series of festivals along the 14 mile route this summer! Full details here.

Nature Tots - Nature Tots are our interactive Early Years sessions, held on a Friday morning at both Brockholes and The Hive, and monthly at Heysham Nature Reserve.

The sessions are focused around getting pre-school children engaged in wildlife and outdoor activities in a fun and social manner. Find out more here.

There are plenty more events planned over the coming weeks and months though. Click here to see the full schedule.

Wild at home

Enjoying nature is something you can do any place and anywhere including from the comfort of your own home.

Why not invite some songbirds into your garden with a homemade bird feeder?

Click here to view/download our guide to making your own.

Meanwhile hedeghogs have just come out of hibernation and there are likely to be plenty in gardens across the region - so why not make them a home?

Visit here to download our guide to building a simple hedgehog home.

Wildlife WATCH

Watch Groups are our regular clubs aimed at getting children between the ages of 5-13 involved with nature and wildlife.

Check out our Wildlife Watch Facebook page for the latest details.

This month our Cuerden Watch group will be winging their way through a workshop all about birds and butterflies ,while our Longton Brickcroft group will be on the lookout for green hairstreak butterflies!

To see a full list of our Watch groups across the region just click on this link.