BBC Countryfile presenter and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust president Ellie Harrison is encouraging wildlife lovers to explore glorious Gloucestershire this Christmas and New Year.
The Gloucestershire girl will be pulling on her wellies and getting out into the great outdoors for each of the 12 days of Christmas with a line up of engaging activities to support the wildlife on our doorstep.
Ellie Harrison said: “In the 12 Days of Christmas we’re going past the madness of Christmas Day into Twixmas, a time to look ahead and check in with the beauty of winter. These ideas will get you going to connect with the nature and wildlife of Gloucestershire, and blow the tinsel away!”
12 days of fun family-friendly activities invite Gloucestershire wildlife lovers to take a walk on the wild side and embrace nature this December:
On the FIRST DAY of Christmas… A few words from Father Christmas himself
Christmas Day sees Santa slide down the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust cyber chimney with an exclusive blog from the jolly man in red himself. Read all about it on the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust blog.
On the SECOND DAY of Christmas… Walk In A Winter Wonderland
Don wellies and winter woollies and step into the brisk Boxing Day weather to walk off the indulgences of Christmas day. Members of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust can explore a nearby nature reserve with access to over 60 across the county.
On the THIRD DAY of Christmas… Leftovers Make A Second Appearance
Feed the family with Christmas dinner leftovers. Turkey and Cranberries pack a punch in a pie and there’s not a peep to be heard from little ones as they tuck in to bubble and squeak made from a mash up of veggies and sprouts.
On the FOURTH DAY of Christmas… Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag
Bring the Christmas film favourite of Mary Poppins to life with a feast for our feathered friends. Make a festive birdseed wreath to hang in the garden with an easy to follow step-by-step guide, available here.
On the FIFTH DAY of Christmas… Gold Digging
Time to get your hands dirty and prepare the vegetable patch for the harvest year ahead. Now is also the perfect time to get ahead of the game and order seeds in preparation for spring.
On the SIXTH DAY of Christmas… Give Roaring Log Fires A Head Start
Head out on a pinecone treasure hunt to stock up on these natural firelighters. Pinecone firelighters are a chemical free way to keep your festive nuts roasting on an open fire.
On the SEVENTH DAY of Christmas… Make A Cunning Plan
The imminent start of the New Year marks new beginnings. Membership to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is a great way to make 2016 a wild one by saving wildlife and protecting wild places. Receive 25% off with the code ‘gift’ or newly introduced you can now ‘adopt a hedgehog’ and help to increase the number of prickly visitors.
On the EIGHTH DAY of Christmas… Furry Four Legged Family Members Make A Splash
Embark on an adventure at Woorgreens Nature Reserve. Here dogs can enjoy a splash as the family explores this wooded reserve complete with stunning lakeside scenery and heathland.
On the NINTH DAY of Christmas… Host A Hooter
With Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s simply guide, create your very own bird hotel to attract winged visitors to your garden or build a bug bunker for creepy crawlies.
On the TENTH DAY of Christmas… Tag Team
Recycle your Christmas cards into gift tags for next year’s present wrapping.
On the ELEVENTH DAY of Christmas… Wassail Away
Be a part of the ancient tradition of wassail, a ritual of blessing an orchard and wishing it a bountiful year ahead. Join just one of the wassails taking place in Gloucestershire at Lower Woods nature reserve on Thursday 14 January.
On the TWELTH DAY of Christmas… Un-Deck The Halls
Wave goodbye to the decorations of Christmas for another year, as after twelfth night it is unlucky to have your baubles on show. Compost your greenery and wreaths and turn your trees into clippings for use in parks, woodland areas or landscaping schemes.
For more information about Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s 12 Days of Christmas, visit: www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk