February Half-term at Longshaw

Children playing on a log at Longshaw

Grab your wellies and get out into the fresh air at Longshaw this half term...

It's National Nest Box Week, and we're celebrating by looking for birds and their habitats.

You can pick up a Bird Spotter sheet at Longshaw, looking for birds and where they live.  Available from the welcome shed or shop every day of half term from 10:30am.

A great spotted woodpecker on a fence post

If you want to look after the birds in your area, why not come along to our Muck In Day on Sunday 11 February and make your own nest box?  We'll have a bird ringing demonstration from 8am with the people who monitor Longshaw's birds, followed by a chance to make your own nest box.  You'll have the choice to leave your box here, so that the rangers can put it up for a bird to nest in at Longshaw, or pay £5 to take it home. 

Learning to tie knots at a Coppice Day event
A ranger helps a girl learn to tie knots at an event in the woods, with a friend in the background.
Learning to tie knots at a Coppice Day event

You can also go wild in the woods at Coppice Day on Sunday 18 February. Try your hand at traditional woodcrafts and help us look after Longshaw's trees, with local craftspeople to show you how and seasonal outdoor-cooked food. A heavy horse will be pulling logs out of the woods for you to turn into woody and wonderful creations. The event is free, with activities individually priced from £1-£5 depending on the activity. Booking is recommended. See our What's On page to find out more.