This week I went to visit a class of young naturalists in a Primary school in Oxford.
They were an amazing group of children full of enthusiasm and knowledge.
Each one either brought in an object for the Nature Table or had a question about wildlife for me.
Yesterday I received some lovely letters from the individual children
I wanted to say to all the children – Thank you for having me and I really enjoyed spending time with you all.
Hopefully here are the answers to some of your questions
1. How are you so good at this sort of thing at such a young age?
Lots of practice, getting outside as much as possible and lots of encouragement and help from other people
2. Will you come back and visit us?
Yes, I would love to come back, we could have a go with some cameras.
3. Are there any top tips you can give me?
Start in your garden or on the way to school. If you look carefully you will see lots of amazing stuff, you can then start taking photos of it.
4. Do you protect nature?
Everyone can do something to protect nature, even little things can help such as leaving water out during a hot weather, not mowing the lawn as much and leaving habitats for insects, putting a hedgehog hole in your fence and just being aware and considerate of the wildlife that you share your space with.
5. What is the rarest animal you have ever seen?
In the UK, the rarest animal I have seen in the wild is a Water Vole. Unfortunately, it is the UK’s fastest declining mammal.
6. What made you want to be a wildlife guy?
It is something I have always been interested in but now I am particularly keen on sharing my passion with other people
7. What is your favourite thing about wildlife?
My favourite thing is never knowing what I’m going to come across next. It could be an amazing sunset or a fascinating insect.
8. Can you share two local spots for wildlife?
I would recommend Shotover Country Park and Iffley Meadows, but don’t forget about the wildlife in your school grounds.
9. What is your favourite animal?
That is easy, the badger
10. What is your favourite bird?
Owls, and probably the Barn Owl
11. Have you seen lions?
Yes, I saw lions in South Africa, here is a photo for you.
Thank you all for sharing your passion with me, I love that fact that you all want to pick up a camera, learn more about nature and protect wildlife.
Nature and wildlife will have a fighting chance with all of you on its side.
Hopefully see you all again soon.