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Scouts: Walking on the Wild Side

posted 10 May 2011, 15:45 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 14:56 ]
During our latest programme, Scouts have been outdoors experiencing the positive impact that conservationists have had at the Rainton Meadows nature reserve. We’ve been working with Durham Wildlife Trust to bring our young people closer to nature. Our Tuesday night adventure has included bird and butterfly spotting, pond dipping and footprint casting with a beautiful evening walk to bring the whole thing together.

Pond dipping from the boardwalks challenged everyone’s ideas about the species which live among the reeds as Scouts caught tadpoles, water fleas, leeches and mayflies in their nets. The biodiversity of the area is even more apparent once you spot the grey herons, mallard ducks and mute swans across the water.

Scouts who have been inspired by the work of Durham Wildlife Trust at Rainton Meadows can find out about becoming a young volunteer by visiting Durham Wildlife Trust’s website. Participation in a volunteering project can be counted towards your Duke of Edinburgh award.

Scouting makes a positive contribution to society by helping young people to develop as active members of the community. Our current programme encourages young people to explore how global issues affect them at a local level and to take responsibility for their local environment and surroundings. Find out more about Scouting at 3rd Washington.