About this cause
Beeston Wildlife Group is a volunteer-led subset of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. It aims to showcase the value of wildlife to residents of Beeston and surrounding area, and inspire community-led wildlife conservation. The Group organises a range of activities each year to provide local residents with opportunities to engage with wildlife, such as habitat walks through Attenborough Nature Reserve, and an educational talks programme at Beeston Rylands’ Trent Vale Infants School. The Group’s activities enable local school children to participate in environmentally-focused education programmes. By engaging children in environmental issues from a young age, Beeston Wildlife Group is directly inspiring local children to become the next generation of environmental stewards.
How this cause brings people in the community together
Attenborough Nature Reserve is one of the country’s most valuable conservation areas and is home to a wealth of wildlife. Since Attenborough Nature Centre opened in 2005, it has far exceeded anticipated numbers of visitors and educational activity participants. Sessions allow children to explore habitats e.g. ponds, meadows and woodlands and focus on curriculum topics such as food chain and flower structure, whilst increasing confidence and overall well-being. Beeston Wildlife Group is seeking additional funds so that hundreds more children can benefit in future. The programmes will be delivered by staff and volunteers experienced in working with children and young people at Attenborough Nature Centre, an ideal base for investigating the different habitats on the Nature Reserve.