While this summer’s ‘Shaun in the City’ trail is sure to be enjoyed by all ages, there will be an extra special activity for the youngest members of the flock: the Shaun in the City Nature Explorer!
The Nature Explorer is a booklet of activities, games and challenges that aims to get children out engaging with nature and exploring some of Bristol’s most beautiful green spaces.
It will lead young Shaun-spotters around six different green locations in Bristol where there will be a Shaun sculpture to discover and activities to complete. Once they have completed the booklet, children will be awarded the status of “Nature Explorer” and receive a special badge to mark their achievement.
The six locations are Brandon Hill, Ashton Court, Snuff Mills, Christchurch Green, the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and Victoria Park. The activities at each location each focus on a different green theme, from butterflies and wildflowers to pond life and pollination.
Pupils from St George’s Primary School were among the first to get their hands on the Nature Explorer books at a special launch event at Brandon Hill Park.
Lauren Howard, project manager, ‘Shaun in the City’, said:
“One of the best things about the ‘Shaun in the City’ trail is that it takes Shaun-spotters all over the city, discovering all the places and spaces that Bristol has to offer. We are lucky to have some fantastic green spaces right on our doorstep in Bristol, and we wanted to make sure ‘Shaun in the City’ celebrated these and helped get youngsters excited about nature.
“Shaun himself lives in the countryside and loves all things green, so we hope that young Shaun fans enjoy completing the Nature Explorer challenges and learning more about the natural world around them, before picking up their special badges to celebrate!”
The charity behind ‘Shaun in the City’, The Grand Appeal, worked closely with the Avon Wildlife Trust and other local organisations to come up with ideas for challenges to complete. Two Trust areas, Brandon Hill Nature Reserve and Ashton Court Wildflower Meadow, also feature on the trail.
Robin Maynard, director of community programmes at the Avon Wildlife Trust, said:
“We think the Nature Explorer is a brilliant way of encouraging children to find out more about nature while they are out and about enjoying the ‘Shaun in the City’ trail. From spotting different wildflower species to learning about how squirrels store food for the winter, young trail visitors will find more than just a Shaun to discover at each of the six locations.”
The Nature Explorer books will be free for families to pick up from the Shaun in the City shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, and other selected locations around Bristol, from the start of the trail on 6 July.
For more information, visit www.shauninthecity.org.uk.