Irvine Wildlife Watch Group

Irvine Wildlife Watch is a nature club for 8-12 year olds in Ayrshire, running 3rd Sat of the month.

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 18/12/2023

Merry Christmas to all our Wildlife Watchers! Our festive session on Saturday had the group making their own Christmas decorations and coasters, finished off with hot chocolate and marshmallows! Thanks to everyone that has come along this year and made the group such a fun place to be! 🎄

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 19/11/2023

Wildlife Watchers made their mark in Shewalton Wood this week planting willow! The group planted willow rods and splashed their way through every puddle they could find at the nature reserve. We also made autumn snow globes with natural materials and had a go at making some autumnal wreaths 🍂

Thanks to the Wednesday Weekday Volunteers for providing the willow rods Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 22/10/2023

Our first pumpkin carving session at Wildlife Watch! So impressed with our wildlife watchers carving skills! First we had a wee walk around the site, then we drew a face on our pumpkins and carved them out before building a den in the woods 🎃

Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 18/09/2023

The bats at Eglinton Country Park put on quite the airshow for our wildlife watchers on Saturday! Bat detectors at the ready, the group managed to spot a good few pipistrelle bats on their evening walk. We also made bat face masks, caught some moths and even pretended to be owls looking for glowing mouse tails. Thanks to everyone who came along!

Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire


Sharing an event next weekend that may interest some of our Wildlife Watch families.


Wildlife Watch sessions coming up for the rest of the year!

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 16/07/2023

Check this crafty bunch and their amazing artwork! We had a fantastic session of nature art yesterday, drawing and trying out some flower printing. We also harvested the tatties we planted back in March and even saw a young fox right at the end of the session. Well done to all our artists!

Can parents let us know who’s involved in Marymass and what date so we can sort out next month’s session? Thank you!
Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire


We’ll be meeting at the Shewalton Wood car park tomorrow, please come prepared with some wet weather gear as it may be a bit drizzly!

Timeline photos 12/07/2023

Here are some family friendly/8+ events that I thought may interest some Wildlife Watchers too. These events are being run by SWT and Action for Nature over the summer. These are separate to Wildlife Watch and need to be booked in advance with Harry, his details are at the bottom of the post.

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 23/06/2023

Some more pictures from Saturday’s session 🦗

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 21/06/2023

Well done to our wonderful bug hunters who successfully caught caterpillars, butterflies, spiders and all sorts of other creepy crawlies on Saturday! 🐛🦋🐌🐞🕷️

Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire

Photos from Bumblebee Conservation Trust's post 07/06/2023
Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 30/05/2023

Hopefully you are out and about enjoying this glorious weather but if you are feeling crafty, you can design your own lapbook ready for 30 Days Wild starting in June. The best bit is you can design it however you like. The links below of where to find the resources to make one are in the comments below. If you do manage to make your own we would love to see them. Stay Wild 🐞


If you would like a memento (or just really love badges) after all your hard work during the 30 Day Wild Challenge in June, you can buy a badge from Pawprint Badges to celebrate all the fabulous things you did in and for wildlife in June.

Are you ready for this year’s 🌱

We’ve once again teamed up with The Wildlife Trusts to create this year’s official 30 Days Wild badge! 🥳

If you’re new to 30 Days Wild, each year for the month of June the Wildlife Trusts encourage you to do one wild thing each day. Whether it’s listening to the sounds of nature or enjoying breakfast outdoors, this year we’ve also produced a challenge pack to make it easier than ever to take part! 🤩

Get ready to grow wild and sign up for your free pack from The Wildlife Trusts here:

And get your paws on badges and the challenge pack here:

30 Days Wild 2023: Sign up | The Wildlife Trusts 21/05/2023

30 Days Wild is The Wildlife Trusts' annual challenge where we ask everyone to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June.

You can sign up to receive a FREE pack either through the post or via email. Find more information in the link below.

30 Days Wild 2023: Sign up | The Wildlife Trusts The UK's biggest nature challenge with The Wildlife Trusts is returning from 1 June 2023!

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 20/05/2023

Check out these beautiful rainbow journey sticks! We used all our senses for our Stop, Look and Listen session at Eglinton Park as part of today, spotting colours for our journey sticks, listening to birdsong and using our sense of smell and touch to identify mystery objects. See you next month for our Bugs and Beasties session 🐜 🐛 🐞
Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire
North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership

Photos from Irvine Clean Up Crew's post 19/04/2023
Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 16/04/2023

A beautiful day for a pond dip with our Wildlife Watchers yesterday! We found tadpoles, water lice, Ethan the palmate newt and Alastair the diving beetle larva (found out what this guy was after the session). Great dipping everyone!

Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 18/03/2023

🪱 Such a fun session today learning about wiggly worms, building a wormery and going worm hunting🪱 We spotted lots of signs of spring in Shewalton Woods on our walk including frogspawn and a newt! We’ve also planted up some potatoes which we’ll harvest together later on this year 🥔 Next month is pond dipping, see you then!
Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 19/02/2023

Some very expert den building from our wildlife watchers yesterday, we were very impressed! We learnt about why hedges are important for wildlife and also had a go at building our own dead hedge! Even found a little frog along the way 🐸

Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 22/01/2023

We spotted lots of birds on our Birdwatching Bonanza session yesterday, including a pair of mute swans and a robin who sang back to us when we played a recording of robin birdsong! We made pinecone bird feeders and found a great den-building spot in Shewalton Sandpits. See you all in February for a session all about hedges!

Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire


Happy New Year to you all! Here is our session timetable for the next few months! Looking forward to getting out and about with our Wildlife Watchers in 2023! 🍄🌳

Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 17/12/2022

Look at these awesome wreaths! We had a festive walk today at Gailes Marsh and gathered natural material for making wreaths. We also painted some decorations and tried our hand at some fire-lighting before finishing up for the year with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
🎄🎄Merry Christmas everyone and we’ll see you next year!🎄🎄

Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 20/11/2022

Well done to our tree planters! We planted native aspen trees at Shewalton Woods, enjoyed the winter sunshine, identified trees and even found a furry caterpillar friend. See you next month for Christmas crafts and wintery walk🎄🎄


Looking forward to our tree-tastic session tomorrow! We’ll be meeting at the Shewalton Wood car park. It may be a little bit muddy so please can wildlife watchers wear appropriate footwear!

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 17/10/2022

A fab session on Saturday learning about hedgehogs and enjoying the autumn in Shewalton Woods. We got crafty with some clay and pinecones, experimented with the best way to make a nest for a hibernating hog and looked at all the different leaves on our autumnal walk. Next month we're getting stuck in with some tree-planting 🌳🌲 See you then!

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 21/05/2022

A bit of a soggy session but our wildlife watchers braved the weather and managed to catch some pretty cool pond creatures! Star of the show was probably a tadpole called George 🐸 we also looked for creepy crawlies on land and counted their legs to see what sort of invertebrate they were 🕷 look forward to seeing you all next month for our beach trip! Thanks to Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire for providing the dipping equipment!

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 19/04/2022

A lovely session of gardening at Castlepark Community Gardens on Saturday with TCV Scotland! We planted tomatoes in some raised beds along with some strawberries. We then went for a wee woodland walk with a nature bingo sheet 🌲 Our Wildlife Watchers even made their own wildflower seed bombs at the end! Thank you to Lindsay for organising and running the session! Look forward to seeing you all for some pond dipping next month

Photos from Irvine Wildlife Watch Group's post 23/03/2022

Hope you all had a great time last Saturday! We definitely had the weather for it ☀️ our wildlife watchers made some amazing bird boxes to take home and made a brilliant den together in the woods 🌳 we look forward to the next one with you all!!


I spy some familiar faces on the back of this months Wildlife Watch magazine from the Scottish Wildlife Trust! We can get a copy to those who would like one

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