On the trail of newts and snails – young nature lovers enjoy a fine day out

A healthy early spring gathering of 75 Rainbows, Brownies and their leaders from across London visited Southwark Park to discover the nature on their doorstep.

Saturday’s fun urban adventure was part of the RSPB’s partnership with Girlguiding London and South East England, which encourages girls to learn about, connect with and take action for nature.  

The girls explored different habitats around Southwark Park and learned about the amazing plants and animals that call them home, from tiny minibeasts to majestic water birds.  

They developed their map-reading skills, used binoculars to identify the park’s birds and created beautiful natural art, earning them the Insects and Minibeasts badge.  

One Rainbow said: “I saw a newt! And learned that snails have a lot of teeth.” One Brownie said: “Today I learnt that many minibeasts are very beautiful and the waterbirds are amazing.” 

I spy, with my little Brownies eyes (Picture: Girlguiding London & SE England)

Amanda Teasel, chief commissioner for Girlguiding London and South East England, said: “We’re delighted to offer these nature discovery adventures in partnership with the RSPB. These experiences are as important as ever, with Girlguiding’s research showing that most girls want to spend more time outdoors and in nature. 

“By enjoying and discovering green spaces, girls can gain the wellbeing benefits which nature brings. We’re particularly pleased to offer these opportunities to girls in central London, and especially to those with limited access to green space.” 

Yvonne Hunt, RSPB Youth Partnerships Officer, said: “It is incredible to see so many young girls exploring and connecting with the natural world. 

“We know that the majority of girls are really concerned by the nature crisis we are facing and the enthusiasm and excitement for nature we have seen this weekend goes to show just how much impact this generation will have. If we act together, we can turn things around.” 

Thanks to the generous support of the Kusuma Charitable Trust, girls from families with low income and those who would not otherwise access these kinds of activities were able to attend the event free of charge. 

Pictured top: The 10th Clapham Rainbows and Brownies (Picture: GirlGuilding London & SE England) 






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