As Adrian mentioned in his latest blog, the summer activities at Strumpshaw have begun! After the lockdowns, it’s more important than ever for us to reconnect young people with the great outdoors; kindling their love of nature will inspire the conservationists and responsible citizens of the future! This is the aim of the RSPB’s nationwide campaign: Big Wild Summer.

What’s On?

Our team has dreamt up not one but two different self-guided trails for you to explore this year! The first is themed ‘Wild in the Willows’ and will run from 3rd to 31st July.

[IMAGE 1 – Some of the Wild in the Willows activity boards designed by Residential Volunteer Adrian. Photographs by Isabella McAdam.]

The second is called ‘Dinosaur Discovery’ and will take over from 7st August to 5th September. The dinosaur theme is in celebration of Dippy’s visit to Norwich Cathedral. The activities will help you learn about the other wildlife that walked, flew and swam alongside the dinosaurs, and you might even discover modern dinosaur descendants living at the reserve!

Trail packs will cost £3.50 per child (not including reserve entry) and include activity sheets, a pencil and a small prize.

Our pond-dipping kit hire is also running this summer. The cost is £2.50 per kit, and it will be cleaned between uses to keep everyone safe.

[IMAGE 2 – Photograph of a family pond dipping at Strumpshaw Fen by Leila Balin (]

How Can We Take Part?

There is no need to book. Trail packs and pond dipping kits are available from our wonderful volunteers at Reception Hide.

Card payments are preferred please, and track and trace will be required. We also request that you take note of the signs on the reserve and follow the Government’s recommendations on social distancing.

See our website to plan your visit and for information about the reserve’s facilities and accessibility. The full details for Wild in the Willows are available on the event listing.

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Blog written by Jenna Woodford