It was a fantastic afternoon and I loved every second of it but judging by the giggles, questions and look of wonder on their little faces, I think Ollie and Milly enjoyed it even more!
I feel hugely passionate, as I know many of you do, about encouraging younger generations to connect with the natural world early in their life and as often as possible.
Our generation will be the last to have grown up in a world before computers, smartphones or the internet.
A world where we spent more time jumping in puddles and climbing trees then tapping on a screen.
A world where we gained invaluable knowledge and overwhelming joy by experiencing wildlife and the outdoors first hand.
We have an obligation to ensure our first hand knowledge of growing up outdoors and the wonder it brings is passed on to our children.
Don’t get me wrong, unlike many, I don’t see technology as the big ‘baddie’ and the reason why many of us feel so disconnected from the natural world, far from it.
If we want to win the hearts and minds of younger generations today and in the future our approach to wildlife/nature education and engagement has got to evolve.
I’ll be sharing lots more of my thoughts about this in future blog posts.
In the meantime, I’ll be savoring the small victory of today’s smiles and enthusiasm from my niece and nephew with a pint.