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Wild about Colchester

Welcome to Wild about Colchester – an initiative from Colchester Borough Council's Parks team, Museums team and Countryside team.  

Below are activities to help both adults and children explore the wildlife of Colchester. Some of the activities can be done at home, other activities require you to visit a park or museum.

All activities can be done as small groups or individually.  

Wild Bingo

Colchester is an amazing place for little people with big imaginations to explore. Use the images to help you search. Can you find all six items? Many of these items can also be found in your garden or local green spaces too.

Download this week's activity sheet

Wild Trails of Colchester

  • Bourne Valley Audio Tours app - Take a walk on the wild side and travel through time. The Bourne Valley audio trail brings to life three characters from history. Firstly, you'll be greeted by Emma Legerton, the Miller's daughter. Then you'll discover plants with medieval botanist John Gerrard. And finally, you'll hear from Brother Jerome from St John's Abbey. Download the app for free on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
  • Highwoods Wildlife Trail app - This is an interactive trail for all the family. Enjoy the 1-mile nature trail and have fun completing the accompanying wildlife quiz. Along the route find 10 marker points and scan the QR codes you find there to access information about the wildlife of the park. Download the app for free on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
  • Castle Park Tree Trail - Take a tour of Castle Park's most interesting and notable trees. Download the trail (PDF)

Week 1: Wild Homes

This week is all about thinking about where you live and what makes it your home. What about animals and plants? What is important to them about where they live?

Week 1 Wild Bingo sheet

Week 2: Wild Lives

The theme this week is all about wild lives – who and what lives here and has lived here through the history of Colchester.

Week 2 Wild Bingo sheet

Week 3: Wild Water

The theme this week is all about wild water and the animals and plants that live and grow near water.

Week 3 Wild Bingo sheet

Week 4: Wild Food

The theme this week is all about wild food – for people, animals or plants.

Week 4 Wild Bingo sheet

Week 5: Wild Travel

The theme this week is all about wild travel– for people, animals or plants.

Week 5 Wild Bingo sheet

Page last reviewed: 27 July 2020

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