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Bluebells and Gentle Woodland Wanderings!

We have had some magical sessions during the last couple of weeks as we have kicked off our ‘Wild Connections’ programme with the seniors in our community, strolling among the bluebells in the gardens of Kilravock Castle. An amazing couple of days, taking in one of our most spectacular seasonal events – bluebells flowering in the spring – and discovering many other native … Continued

Wild things! up for Discussion in Parliament

It is a huge honour to discover that the work of Wild things! has been put forward for discussion in the Scottish Parliament! We were delighted to receive correspondence from Richard Lochhead, MSP, who has commended us on the charitable work we do in providing opportunities for young people to engage with the outdoors and learn new skills. … Continued

Introduction to Bushcraft with Prince’s Trust

We spent a great couple of days last week days working with the Prince’s Trust on our new Introduction to Bushcraft for Outdoor Leaders course. The course is spread over two days and is a Level 2 NCFE accreditation. We covered so much during the course, looking in particular at conservation and safety in relation to Bushcraft. Within … Continued

Teacher Training with The UHI

We had a fantastic session up in a super sunny Aviemore, providing teacher training for our future Primary School educators from the PGDE course atthe University of the Highlands and Islands. We were delighted to be invited by The UHI to deliver some taster activities for the PGDE primary teaching students, which they can then incorporate into their … Continued

We have had Bags of Help from Tesco!

We are delighted to be able to announce that we have received £2000 funding from Tesco Forres’ Bags of Help initiative, for our River Findhorn Restoration Project. This really will make a big difference in our community. The project will engage the community in hands-on activities to help restore the local natural environment along the River Findhorn. … Continued

Going Wild and Taking a Step Back to Nature

We were absolutely thrilled to have an article about our Wild Women Day featured in The Northern Scot. We have to say a massive thank you to Jenny Gillies for joining us, we were delighted to read about how much Jenny enjoyed her day, despite the weather conspiring against us! Below is an excerpt from Jenny’s article. Follow the … Continued

The Dreaded Giant Hogweed is Back!

It is that time of year again…..the dreaded Giant Hogweed is upon us! It is time to roll up our sleeves, get outdoors, and get busy digging. We will be meeting every Saturday at Waterford, near Moray Wastebusters, at 10am throughout the Spring and Summer. Local pickups are available and tea, coffee and spades will … Continued

Health and Wellbeing in the Outdoors

A wonderful session today, led by our resident Ethnobotanist, Jennie Martin. Our Health and Wellbeing group were out discovering Winter Tree Identification. The group discovered the remarkable range of characteristics which can be used to identify trees at this time of year. The group were all buoyed by the opportunity to spend the day enjoying … Continued

Winter Tree I.D.

Watch our resident ethnobotanist, Jennie Martin, explain the key features used to identify a Silver Birch tree. If you have ever wanted to learn some techniques for identifying trees without their leaves you can join Jennie on our Winter Tree Walk, on the 5th February. We will explore the woodlands around Findhorn and Moray, learning how … Continued

Celebrating 2016!!

Celebrating 2016! Wishing everyone a great Christmas and a fantastic start to the New Year.   May your hearth burn healthy and lang may your lum reek! A huge Thank You to everyone who has made 2016 such a great year at Wild things! To all of our students, freelancers, funders, friends, landowners, incredible team … Continued

Wild Communities

We are super excited to announce that we have been successful in securing a grant from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland! The funding will support our Wild Communities Nature Awareness project, which aims to support the community in and around Forres by helping more people engage in outdoor activities, spend time in our many wonderful … Continued

Mental Health First Aid Essentials

Mental Health First Aid Essentials is a 2-day course designed to help participants better understand mental distress, ‘mental health problems’ and mental illness. It will resolve common misunderstandings and foster respectful, inclusive and supportive responses to those who are unwell or in distress. It aims to equip participants to provide appropriate help and information to … Continued