Gilbert White & the Oates Collections are celebrating the natural legacy of Gilbert White with a fun filled day of activities at their Nature Day on May 28th. The Museum will be joined by organisations such as South Downs National Park, the RSPB, The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Hampshire Ornithology Society and the Natural History Museum to celebrate nature and the world we live in.
The day will celebrate Gilbert White’s work as a pioneering naturalist and look towards the work being done in conservation today. Each organisation will run a host of activities and will be spreading the word on their latest projects. The day will include tours of our ancient wild meadow highlighting some of the different species of flower and the insects that thrive in this environment, as well as a guided walk around our grounds to identify different species of birds.
The day will be a great opportunity for families to learn more about conservation and nature. With games, puzzles pond dipping and crafts for all ages. Madeleine Allison will be demonstrating the art of felt making using fleece from local Jacob’s sheep to make beautiful bird’s nest felts, which you can have a go at yourself. We will also be joined by Isabel Rogers Hampshire poet 2016, who will be running a poetry workshop, responding to the landscape through poetry.
This will be an exciting day for naturalists, nature lovers and families alike. A wonderful chance to be able to see the natural world of Gilbert White alive and thriving 250 years after his pioneering work.