THE National Trust’s Brownsea Island, which has been voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve, is managed by a team of dedicated countryside rangers. On Wednesday 29th May, during half term, young visitors will have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a ranger for a day, undertaking practical tasks and learning some bushcraft skills.
Brownsea is one of the last remaining strongholds in the south of England for the rare red squirrel. As a junior ranger, young visitors will help contribute to the conservation of its habitat. Over lunch they will be able to talk to the staff about working life on Brownsea Island and in the afternoon they will learn some useful bushcraft skills, ending the day with a den building session.
“Spending time in nature has never been so essential for young people and has been scientifically proven to increase wellbeing and improve mental and physical health,” says Melinda Fisher, outdoor centre ranger and forest school leader.
All children must be accompanied by an adult; booking is essential – visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island
Pictured: Getting to grips with invasive rhododendron ©National Trust/Nicole Younie