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Publication date:- 2017-02-06

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Go wild in your park with the RSPB

WITH the amount of time children and families are spending outside in nature in decline, Europe's largest conservation charity and discount supermarket ALDI, are challenging families to get out and go wild in their local City Park, this summer with the RSPB. The RSPB Connecting with Nature report has revealed that children in the UK were missing out on a wealth of mental and physical benefits from not spending enough time outside, with only 1 in 5 having a healthy connection to nature. To encourage more children and their families to take a step closer to nature the RSPB has launched Wild Parks aimed at getting people to uncover the wild side of their City.

From now until September 2017, families will be able to join an RSPB expert in parks across Liverpool for a range of fun and engaging activities aimed at helping families take their 1st steps on their own wild adventure. There are a number of activities on offer ranging from minibeast safaris and scavenger hunts to bioblitzing and national treasure hunts, which are all free and do not require pre sign up.

Mary Breeze, RSPB Wild Parks Family Events Officer for Liverpool, said:- "Families gain so much from being outside exploring and discovering nature. Summer is the perfect time to get outside and connect with the natural world. You don't have to travel far from home to embark on your wild adventure; there is loads of wildlife just waiting to be discovered in your local park. From bugs to butterflies, hedgehogs to house sparrows; it's always a thrill to see what wildlife is making its home there. Getting outside and discovering nature is important whether your motivation is happy healthy children, memorable family time or to see our towns and countryside richer in nature. The opportunity to connect with nature should be a part of every child's life and the RSPB Wild Parks project is here to help every family to explore the wild side of their City."

Wild Parks also offers the opportunity for families to start their own wild adventure at home with the RSPB Wild Challenge. With 24 activities to choose from, the Wild Challenge will take you from your own back garden to exploring wildlife within our Towns, Cities, woodlands and even the coast. Participants can then log their achievements on the Wild Challenge website in order to collect their bronze, silver and gold awards.

The RSPB's ambition is for the Wild Challenge to help more families across the country reap the benefits of spending time outside in nature. Research has shown that children who have a healthy connection to nature are more likely to benefit from higher achievement at School, better mental and physical health, and develop stronger social skills.

Jonathan Neale, Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi, said:- "We're proud of what our partnership with the RSPB has achieved so far, and are pleased to help promote the importance of safeguarding the environment, while helping families get closer to nature through this new Wild Parks initiative."

For further information about park events happening near you, visit:- RSPB.Org.UK/WildParks.

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