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Collective Name for Owls?

Posted: Monday 25th April 2016 by OutdoorLearning

© Jon Hawkins

SWT Community Learning Coordinator Paul Ritchie has been taking his wildlife quiz on the road to reach residents of sheltered housing units in Runnymede and Mole Valley.

This was a new initiative funded by Runnymede Borough Council that wanted to help isolated and elderly residents in Englefield Green. The Council commissioned Surrey Wildlife Trust to explore innovative ways of encouraging elderly people to take part in outdoor activity and to engage with wildlife in their local area.

Benefits of green space for the health and well-being of people of all ages is well understood but often a variety of barriers prevent elderly residents taking up opportunities to use their local parks, gardens and allotments. We are working with various partners to find ways to change this locally.

We found that many elderly residents lacked confidence to use their green spaces so our idea was to reach out and bring wildlife to them in a fun way. With help from the Manager and volunteers at the Community Hub on the Forest Estate in Englefield Green we took the quizzes into local sheltered housing schemes with great success.

We discovered that the quizzes suited a range of audiences and require you to exercise your grey cells and test your wildlife knowledge whilst sharing information about wildlife. The mix of picture quizzes, word games and mystery boxes containing wildlife artefacts is a hit across the County.

If you want to find out more about the Surrey Wildlife Trust wildlife quizzes email:

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