The holidays are coming…

With the summer drawing in there is always one big question on the agenda…where do you take the kids? The six weeks holidays are a long time to fill, and most parents would agree that their days out with the little ones should be both fun and educational.

Get outdoors in Brum

Well hunt no more, as The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country hosts a number of weekly activity days down at their EcoPark in Small Heath. The EcoPark is an educational centre for children of all ages, which aims to teach children about their local environment and how to help protect it.

Children can take part in all kinds of exciting activities such as growing trees and vegetables, pond dipping, “minibeast” hunts and nature-themed arts and crafts. Most importantly, these activities will get the kids out in the fresh air, getting their bodies and minds active for the day.

More to offer

There are plenty more environmental activities on offer in the West Midlands. The kids will be spoilt for choice!

The Birmingham Nature Centre (run by Birmingham City Council) is home to a wide range of animals, such as red pandas, lemurs, cranes, otters and meerkats. The centre also has a wide collection of endangered reptiles, such as lizards and snakes.

With so many fascinating and unusual animals on display, those days of driving miles to the nearest zoo may be behind you. Birmingham’s Nature Centre is sure to impress and with entrance fees as little as £3.50 for adults, £1 for children aged 5-15 and under-5s going free, you could certainly afford to visit more than once this summer.

It gets better, as Birmingham is also home to an Outdoor Education Centre (BOEC), which offers exciting activities such as rope courses, zip wire, orienteering and even some water activities.

Not only does the centre offer a great day out for all the family, but it also aims to leave a lasting impression on its visitors about the importance of environmental and conservation work in the local area.

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I’m not happy!

I'm not a happy bunny

I am extremely disappointed with the ignorance I faced from the Birmingham branch of the Wildlife Trust over the last week. I have been researching the local Eco Park volunteer days that the organisation runs on a weekly basis, and I contacted a local centre to ask for further information on the project.

After speaking to a very nice gentleman on th phone, I was told that the best person to speak to was a “Colin” from the BBC, and was given his email address. I emailed this “Colin”, explaining who I was, and what information I was looking for and I have still yet to receive so much as a short email back.

I was quite surprised that I didn’t receive anything back from what I would have considered to be such a highly regarded organisation, especially given that I was offering to write about (and therefore promote) the brilliant work that they do to help the conservation of local areas all across the UK.

So, I’m simply going to write the article with whatever information I can lay my hands on, given that I clearly am not going to get the information I requested from the organisation. It’s a shame really…I did expect better.