Lackford Lakes is a fantastic place to engage anyone with an interest in the natural world young and old alike.
As the education officer, I organise the programme of events, activities and school visits throughout the year.
I have worked here for around nine years now, but still get a buzz from hearing the excitement of children as they come off the coach ready for their school trip; from their first view out of the window the excitement builds, to the cheers as we explain that they will be spending the day pond dipping, invertebrate hunting, bird watching or exploring the woods.
Our school trips cater for all ages and are good fun to be part of.
They are one of my favourite parts of the job, the children are like sponges, taking in every snippet of information we give them about the creatures they are finding.
It’s great to watch them as they sweep their nets through the pond, exclaiming that they don’t think they’ve found anything, that is until they really look. Then their awe as they realise that the moving stick is actually a creature (caddis fly larva) or that the water spider they thought they’d found is a dragonfly nymph.
Along with the school trips, I also arrange the varied programme of holiday events and activities, these can vary from pond dipping family days to bushcraft and survival sessions and night walks.
We try to cover a variety of themes and topical species throughout the year, giving people the chance to get up close and personal to our local wildlife and find out what makes our habitats unique through a range of fun trails, crafts and activities.
The emphasis is very much on giving people a memorable and fun day out with a conservation message.
With the summer holidays fast approaching, we have a huge range of events and activities on offer for all ages. There are half day activities for four-seven year-olds, full days for eight-12 year olds and family days for everyone to enjoy.
Check out our website for details of all the upcoming events and activities: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org