Here's how Lancashire families can get involved in the Prince of Wales' half term holiday challenge

Lancashire families are invited to get involved in an outdoor challenge set by the Prince of Wales.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 7:00 am

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), which runs Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Lancashire, is setting the Waterside Wednesday Challenge today as part of Prince Charles’ Half

Term Nature Challenge.

Waterside Wednesday is one of six daily challenges aimed at encouraging children to get out doors and connect with nature locally. Each is set by a charity whose patron is the Prince of

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Families are being encouraged to go out this half term holiday to connect with nature

Wales.

Families taking part will be encouraged to follow the hashtag #POWNatureChallenge and share their creative responses throughout the week in the form of drawings, photographs or even

short films.

The challenge involves visiting your local wetlands such as ponds, streams, lakes, and canals on foot and spotting as many birds as possible.

Nick Brooks, centre manager, said: “Martin Mere Wetland Centre is delighted to be helping set Waterside Wednesday, as part of the Prince of Wales’ Half Term Nature Challenge this week.

"Getting children outdoors and developing their passion for nature helps create future conservationists and is fundamentally good for young people’s health and wellbeing.

"The latest research shows that blue spaces involving water may be even better for people’s wellbeing than green spaces, so we’re pleased to be joining our patron The Prince of Wales in

encouraging families to get their wetland wellbeing fix this Half Term.”

If you don't have wetlands nearby or spot any birds, you can also use your imagination, or watch one of WWT’s live lake-side webcams at Slimbridge or Caerlaverock Wetland Centres on

their website to see water birds in real time.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity working to save wetlands in the UK and around the world.

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