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Nature Detectives at The House of Dun

‘Nature Detectives’ allows you and your child to get outside exploring nature in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. The small group size and mixture of activities, games and challenges encourages imaginations and pushes youngsters to make new discoveries.

The Nature Detectives sessions are for parents and children, with four sessions running weekly throughout July 2017.  The sessions will run from 13:00 till 15:00 on the dates below.  

8 July: Minibeasts

Join the ranger in a Minibeast hunt and learn about some of the smallest inhabitants of our woods.  Discover how we can identify different Minibeasts and learn why they are so important to this habitat.  Help the ranger carry out a Minibeast survey of our woodland and have a go at some slow-paced but high adrenaline snail racing!

15 July: Tales of the riverbank

A walk along a section of the burn running through the Dell of Dun ends with pond dipping.  This will allow us to learn about the wide variety of animals that live there and why they are so important.  We’ll actually be getting in the burn and we’ll make some simple fish traps out of plastic bottles and see what creatures we find using nets, before creating and sailing some paper boats to discover who is our best captain. 

22 July: Shelter building

How can you find shelter out in the woods, keeping warm and dry with only some branches and leaves around?  Learn how when you are put to the challenge of building your very own shelters in the woods. With advice from the ranger you’ll construct your own ridgepole shelter; but will they be able to survive the dreaded water bucket challenge?  It’s fun and creative; just be prepared to get wet!  

29 July: Introduction to survival skills

Having built a shelter, now we need food and water. Create a simple water filter and investigate the properties of fire.  Why do we need clean water, where do we normally get it and what are our alternatives in the woods?  These filters will show how water can be cleaned of small particles making it more suitable to drink.  Learn about the three main ingredients of fire and learn where to find these when out in the woods.  Everyone will then have a go at using a fire steel striker to get a fire going before we heat up a tasty snack over some open flames.

Child age range: 7-11

Adults can be older, though should be young at heart!

Tickets: £16 per child (includes one free adult). Parents/guardians must accompany their children on a one to one basis.  The activities are designed to get you discovering too so be ready to share some new experiences. 

For further information, please contact the Community Outreach Ranger Ross Hughes via or mob: 07860925399.