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A Quizzical Spring

Posted: Tuesday 16th August 2016 by Communities

April started with SWT Community Learning Coordinator Paul Ritchie modifying his popular wildlife quiz to reflect a seasonal twist for visitors to the Moorcroft Centre, Westfield.

Visitors to the Moorcroft Centre in Westfield took part in a second wildlife quiz with a definite spring feel to it. Participants had a chance to discover the signs of spring, list the common names of spring flowers, identify baby animals, name animal babies and yellow spring flowers.

I visit the Moorcroft regularly to engage with the local community as part of a partnership project caring for Westfield Common with Woking Borough Council. In addition to coordinating the practical work of the Westfield Common Volunteers I hold surgeries at the centre so local people can find out about the wildlife that lives on the Common.

Whilst the benefits of visiting green space such as Westfield Common for the health and well-being of people of all ages is well understood not all the visitors to the Moorcroft Centre are able to use their local parks, gardens and allotments. I am working with partners such as the team at the Moorcroft to find fun ways to bring nature indoors to people.

We discovered that wildlife quizzes can be adapted to a range of audiences and require participants to exercise their grey cells and test wildlife knowledge whilst also sharing information about nature conservation in Surrey. The mix of picture quizzes, word games and mystery boxes with wildlife artefacts is proving a hit across the County.

This project was originally conceived with support from Runnymede Borough Council for whom I'm grateful for support. I will continue to offer quizzes at the Moorcroft modified to reflect the four seasons.

 

Paul Ritchie

Community Learning Coordinator

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