St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Wild things to do

Children's play area on St Nicks

Being active outdoors is great for both mental and physical health. We use this fact in our Ecotherapy sessions but anyone and everyone can benefit from connecting with nature. The nature reserve and play area offer plenty of opportunities for exploring nature and going a bit wild for children and adults of all ages. For more family inspiration check out the Project Wild Thing and Nature Detectives websites or pop into the Environment Centre to pick up leaflets and activity sheets. Some of the things anyone can do at St Nicks are listed below.


Summer 2016 pond dippingPond dipping
In spring and summer the wildlife pond at the Environment Centre is teeming with newts, pond skaters and other exciting creatures to look at. We can lend you the equipment and identification sheets, and our staff may even have a moment to give you some tips. Please contact us if you’d like to bring a group so as to avoid clashing with others.

Seasonal walks
Explore the nature reserve on a route suggested in our seasonal leaflets, which you can download from this page or collect from the Centre. If you join St Nicks as a family, you will receive a copy as part of an exploration pack.

Join our wildlife events
Learn more about the wildlife living on the nature reserve from our knowledgable volunteers or experts.

Planting a hedge on Eco-Active Day

Get Eco-Active
If you haven’t got time to volunteer on a regular basis but would like to do something useful outdoors once a month, come to one of our drop-in volunteering events. You will get to help with the upkeep of the nature reserve or other nearby sites, learn a new skill and meet interesting people. Most of the events are suitable for children as well as adults. Please check individual listings or contact us to confirm.

Greenfinch, by Ian TraynorTake part in national wildlife surveys
Join the growing citizen science movement and let us know what you find on St Nicks if you take part in any of the following: Big Butterfly Count, RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, Ladybird Survey.


This page was last updated 24 Feb 2020