Junior rangers explore Axe Wetlands

Youngsters will study the reserve’s amazing diveristy of wildlife

A new after school group is helping youngsters learn more about the Axe Valley’s diverse wildlife.

The Wetlands Junior Rangers Club was launched last week when 15 children joined experts at the marshlands.

Led by East Devon District Council’s education ranger Meg Knowles, the youngsters will spend the next couple of months engrossing themselves in every aspect of the wetlands reserve, from getting up close and personal with bats, voles, owls and insects, to creating artwork out of natural materials harvested from the around the reserve.

Said Meg Knowles: “The launch of the new after-school club was received with great enthusiasm by families, with all 15 places being filled in less than two weeks.

“Although recent rain ensured a rather wet start, this did not dampen everyone’s enthusiasm. Armed with wellies and waterproofs the junior rangers are able to enjoy the reserve whatever the weather!

“As well as a fantastic opportunity to spend time outdoors, in a beautiful place, the Wetlands Junior Rangers Club is a brilliant chance for children to build a great relationship with their local wild space.

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“I’m extremely grateful to Anna Mitcham, who is a regular volunteer with the Countryside Service. She is committing her time and energy towards working with the group every week until the club finishes at the end of July.”

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