The Englefield Estate provides our local community with plenty of opportunities for outdoor exploring and learning in the natural environment. Here are some suggested indoor and outdoor activities, as well as links to further relevant information and ideas.
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One of the best ways to get fresh air and exercise is to walk or jog regularly, and there are some fantastic opportunities across the Estate, including large areas of our woodlands, which are open for informal access on foot.
The Pamber Forest Nature Reserve, owned by Englefield Estate and managed by The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, has a car park and a 2 mile waymarked trail. Find out more here.
Cows grazing in Pamber Forest
To keep minds and bodies active, no matter your age, we have created some activity sheets which can be used when out and about in the countryside, in the garden or inside the home. We will be updating this page with more content over the coming days.
Learn about pollination - click here to download a pdf.
VE Day Activities: Dig for Victory - click here to download a pdf.
Learn about conifer trees - click here to download a pdf.
The Arable Farming Year: Growing Wheat - click here to download a pdf.
Cow Quiz: True or False - click here to download a pdf.
Name parts of an oak tree - click here to download a pdf.
Birdwatching from your Window activity sheet - click here to download a pdf.
What Can you Spot? Springtime activity sheet for kids out walking - click here to download a pdf.
Land art activity sheet - click here to download a pdf.
The Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) reserve, Wokefield Common (adjacent to Burghfield Common village) has a car park and a flat easy access route. Click here to learn more.
There are also a BBOWT reserves with parking at Padworth Common, details available here.
Hosehill Lake has a 1 mile circular walking route around the lake, details available here.
Paices Wood Country Parkland, south of Aldermaston, with a range of waymarked walking routes, including a 3 mile wildlife walk and a 1.3 mile woodland walk. Click here for more details.
Bucklebury Common has 3 small car parks and is accessible for walking and trail cycling. Click here for more details.
There are brilliant online resources to help inspire activities and engagement with the natural environment. Below we have provided links to some websites, which we hope you will find useful.
Plantlife UK provide loads of information to help kids learn all about meadow habitats: https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/learning-and-volunteering/schools
They also have a range of lovely spotter sheets, including flowers to look out for each month: https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/spotter-sheets
Butterfly Conservation’s Munching Caterpillars educational project has a great range of resources, including a really easy to use butterfly and caterpillar identification guide: https://munchingcaterpillars.org/resources/
Butterfly Conservation also provide easy to follow advice on gardening for pollinators: https://butterfly-conservation.org/how-you-can-help/get-involved/gardening
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has designed an ID sheet to help you spot 8 common species: https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/assets/documents/BBCT_Kids_ID_sheet_(big_8).pdf
The Scouts have put together a page linking to over 100 indoor activities for kids: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/
Disclaimer: Although we make every effort to ensure links to external websites are accurate, up to date and relevant, they do not constitute an endorsement, and Englefield Estate cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.
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