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Aug
22
Wed
2018
Children’s Wildlife Photography Course @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Photo by Bob Coyle

Learn how to take a great photograph with the expert guidance of expert wildlife photographer Iain Green. The course will start inside with an introduction to wildlife photography, camera settings and how to vary the composition of your photographs for impact and creativity. We’ll then head off to explore the nature reserve and put your new skills into action.There will be lots of hands on tuition and opportunity for photographing native wildlife. The course will finish with the presentation of certificates to all attendees.

The course is suitable for children over 8 years and older. Parents and carers need not attend so registration and booking are essential. A registration form will be in your joining instructions.

No experience or knowledge of photography is needed just enthusiasm!

Please bring your camera and instructions if you have them. We do have a limited number of compact cameras which we can lend for use on the course. Please contact the course organiser to reserve one.

Please dress for the weather, paths around the Centre and nature reserve are level but often muddy so please wear sturdy shoes or trainers.

Aug
24
Fri
2018
Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Nature’s Fairy Houses @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Aug 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A hand-on craft based session for children aged 5 years and above.

Build a house fit for a fairy amongst nature’s enchanted woodland, using natural materials as well as a few added extras.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

There are two sessions, at 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. The tickets link takes you to the general what’s on page, where you can search for this event.

Aug
29
Wed
2018
Animal Experience Day – An African Experience @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photo by Animal Experience

Come and meet the keepers from ‘The Animal Experience’. This week they are bring a selection of animals which will bring a taste of Africa to Thatcham! Sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm

On the day you will meet Meerkats from the Kalahari desert, African Hedgehogs — found all over Africa but quite distinct from those found in this country. Gambian Pouch Rats, used for sniffing out landmines.

An African Grey Parrot: “Georgie” — the most intelligent of parrots, and with an extensive vocabulary! A Royal Python, from West Africa. A Bosc’s Monitor Lizard — found from Senegal to Eritrea. An Emperor Scorpion — one of the largest species of scorpions. Some Madagascan hissing cockroaches and an African giant millipede.

Visitors will learn all about the animals themselves, their habitat, the unique adaptations they demonstrate, and the environmental issues that threaten to impact them, and of course everyone will get to hold and interact with many of the animals.

Please note: this list may vary slightly if for example animals are carrying young.

Who is this event suitable for?
Everyone is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult who has also booked a place.

What to bring?
A camera if you would like a record of the event.

Is there an age limit for children?

Children must be over 3+ years

Access details:The Nature Discovery Centre is fully accessible.

Please note: The tickets link is to all five sessions – please scroll down the page to book the correct time.

Aug
31
Fri
2018
Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Photo Scavenger Hunt @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Aug 31 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

A scavenger hunt with a difference! Using your digital/phone camera, collect shots of all the items on the list to win a prize.

Your challenge: to collect photos capturing all the items off a nature-themed list.  Work as a team to find and photograph everything on the list and you will get a prize, plus more fun activities like den building and bug hunting in our special Butterfly Lake area.  Examples of items that might be on the list: a spiky leaf; a cloud that looks like an animal; a selfie with your favourite tree…

There are two sessions, at 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm. The ‘tickets’ link takes you to a page showing both listings.

Let’s Go Batty – Bat Walk and Talk (August) @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Let's go Batty -Bat Walk and Talk

Dave Endacott from the Oxford bat group will be at the Nature Discovery Centre this evening. He will introduce you to his rescue bats which will include Sophie the serotine bat, Wally the noctule and Cherpy the pipistrelle.

You will learn all about our native British bats, their flight, food and echolocation.

At dusk we’ll take bat detectors and explore the lakeside and listen for bats flying and feeding over the water and surrounding areas.

What to bring?
Please bring a torch and a bat detector if you have one.

What to wear?
This is an evening event so dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

Is there an age limit for children?
Children must be 6+ years

Access details:
The Nature Discovery Centre is fully accessable,

What is the terrain/distance like (walks)?
Uneven ground around the lake.

Sep
8
Sat
2018
Willow Sculpture Workshop with Christine Brewster @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photo by Christine BrewsterLearn how to design and create a small animal or bird sculpture or even something abstract!

The workshop is for adults and older children who are accompanied by a paying adult.

During the day you will learn how to make a wonderful willow sculpture for your garden or home.  Be inspired by the enchanting examples of woven work that Christine has bought along or bring an image that you can work from.

The workshop is designed for those who are completely new to working with willow as well as those who wish to develop and improve on previously acquired techniques and skills.

The day will be informal, enjoyable and relaxed. The fee for the day includes all tuition, materials, refreshments and lunch with homemade cake in the afternoon.

Please bring secateurs if you have them and any ideas and inspirations for a design. Please dress for mess as the willow is wet when being used for weaving and may damage smart clothes, an apron is a good idea.

Sep
14
Fri
2018
Let’s Go Batty – Bat Walk and Talk (September) @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Let's go Batty -Bat Walk and Talk

Dave Endacott from the Oxford bat group will be at the Nature Discovery Centre this evening. He will introduce you to his rescue bats which will include Sophie the serotine bat, Wally the noctule and Cherpy the pipistrelle.

You will learn all about our native British bats, their flight, food and echolocation.

At dusk we’ll take bat detectors and explore the lakeside and listen for bats flying and feeding over the water and surrounding areas.

What to bring?
Please bring a torch and a bat detector if you have one.

What to wear?
This is an evening event so dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

Is there an age limit for children?
Children must be 6+ years

Access details:
The Nature Discovery Centre is fully accessable,

What is the terrain/distance like (walks)?
Uneven ground around the lake.

Sep
15
Sat
2018
Silk Painting Workshop with Sarah Moorcroft @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Inspiring artist Sarah Moorcroft will be at the Nature Discovery Centre today to teach participants how to create a beautiful silk painting.

She will be on hand to teach you how to work with silk, to plan and design, learn how to stretch, gutter and finally paint your design onto silk. then heat fix the painted work ready to take home to mount.

Your design may be influenced by the flora and fauna seen at the Nature Discovery Centre, an image bought in by Sarah or something from the many and various books and publications in the Centre.

All are very welcome to attend this relaxed workshop which is is suitable for both beginners and those who have worked with silk before and wish to hone their skills and develop their techniques.

The fee for the day includes all materials and tuition as well as refreshments, lunch and lots of homemade cake.