Just over a month to go until WILD 2020 – Our Home Ed Festival is running 21st September to 24th September.
Here’s the first peek at what’s on this year. This is still a work in progress and we have new and exciting workshops being added all the time. Drop us a message if there are any short talks, demos or sessions you would like to run. There are also still slots available if the young people in your family would like to share any of their skills and interests too.
Please do take a look through the attached pdf to see what we have in store each day. I would be very interested to hear back about the sessions that you are super excited about. We are soon going to be booking places for each workshop or activity in advance of coming to the event. I appreciate that this is a change from usual, we think that this will be the easiest way to avoid a crush at the sign up boards with people getting too close together. I know that there will be changes each day but on the whole this will help make it a really chilled out event where you can relax knowing what you’ll be doing each day.
You may be a little anxious about social distancing, perhaps you might like to take a look at some of the measures that the campsite has in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. We will be following our, now well practiced, sanitising and distancing strategies for each of the bushcraft sessions. Our Activity leaders have all done risk assessments too and you’ll see that some classes are smaller to make this easy for them too.
Where classes are very popular we will attempt to run additional sessions so that everyone can have a go at the things they are interested in.
It would be fabulous if you would be able to share the word about the festival and invite your friends to come along too. We have young people of all ages joining us and I’m sure you’ll leave with even more friends. If you know of folks who are coming but haven’t yet bought tickets, would you mind asking them to drop us an email so that we can include them in our planning?
If you have any questions please do get in touch at email@example.com and we will be happy to help.
So for now we wish you all the best and hope that you are all well and looking forward to WILD 2020.
See you soon. Hannah, Steve, Leas and the Really Wild Team
Thanks for joining us on our social media this week. Here’s a sum up of all the things we have been discovering, making and chatting about…
Up Close with a Stag Beetle
A closer look at the features of a live female stag beetle. Find out about where they live, what they look like and what you can do to help this nationally scare beetle to survive and thrive. Half way through we switch to a macro lens to see the features up very close. Find out more about stag beetles and join in with the Great Stag Beetle Hunt at The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)
Latin name Lucanus cervus
3-7 years as a larva that eats only decaying wood underground. They are great in the garden as they don’t attack living plants or timber. They can grow up to 110mm long!
Adult beetles can’t eat and don’t live long. They are usually seen between May and August.
The males have mandibles shaped like antlers – hence the name Stag Beetle.
Males can fly about 500m but females rarely move more than 20m from where they emerge.
Extinct in some European countries!
Youtube on fire
Check out our latest video on foraging for and making fires. There’s a lot more skill to it than you might think!
Shelter from sun or rain
Steve shows you how to put up a simple shelter using a tarp, 8 tent pegs, paracord (or string), a small stick and a tree. Steve uses four knots in this video…
Evenk Hitch or Siberian Hitch
Monkey fist tension knot or No 4 knot.
Have you put up a shelter? We’d love to see them. Send in your photos or add them to the comments on the video.
Staying Grounded in Time of Uncertainty
Sam has just written a great blog post on staying grounded and helping our wellbeing during this uncertain time. Check out his easy to try activities to find joy in the simple things in life: eat a meal mindfully, connect with the natural world, get creative.
Sam is our Really Wild Psychotherapist and has been a great help to both the team and all of our customers during lockdown. Drop us a message if you’d like a chat.
Plant Profile – Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Sam set a challenge to identify this plant… he was a bit mean and didn’t include the flowers! Well done to Mhairi Hughes for guessing correctly.
Herb Robert is a member of the geranium family which all have a distinctive strong smell (some say it’s horrid, others like it!), when the leaves and stems are crushed. This scent is said to keep insects away – just rub on the skin.
Small Pink Flowers (8-12mm) with 5 petals, 10 stamen and 5 stigmas, divided leaves (6cm) and reddened stems. For more images see The Wildflower Finder Website.
Often called Crane’s Bill due to the shape of the developing seed pods: the pods have an explosive catapult mechanism which widely disperses the seeds.
Mainly used as a medicinal – good for reducing inflammation, antispetic, nosebleeds, used for diarrhea (it contains geraniin) and prevent kidney stones/ gall stones. Flowers, leaves and roots can all be used in teas and fresh in salads.
You can pick and chose between historical folks who it is said to honour: Saint Robert of Molesme, an 11th-century herbalist, abbot, and founder of the Cistercian order; Robin Goodfellow, pseudonym for the forest sprite “Puck” or the bandit Robin Hood.
It is a nectar and food source for many invertebrates including: barred carpet moth, bees, hoverflies and the wood white butterfly. All of them have long mouth parts to reach the nectar. If you are interested in finding out more about food source plants for butterflies you can find a big list on the UK Butterflies site.
WILD 2020 – Rescheduled for 21st to 24th September 2020
If you’d like to run a workshop or have any ideas for socially distanced games, please get in touch.
Our Home Education Festival has been rescheduled for September, once WoWo Campsite is open again. There will be a few adjustments to support social distancing measures. We will be posting up more information about classes and workshops. Leas will be organising the timetable, you can also email her on firstname.lastname@example.org. In the discussion on the facebook event post – we will answer any questions you may have.
We can’t wait to see you all soon. In the meantime we hope you enjoy the sunshine and discovering new things outdoors each day.
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