Outdoor Activities

A collection of our many fun outdoor activity guides, fact sheets and quizzes. This page will be regularly updated so please keep checking back for more fun content!

Toad Abode

Our Education team are presenting a range of activities to encourage you to give nature a home, namely ‘Animal Abodes’. Building a toad abode is a fun, creative way to help out our amphibious amigos and a lovely addition to any garden. Many thanks to the RSPB for the great idea.

Bug Bungalow

These ‘Bug-alow’s are a great and easy way to reuse your old tin cans and entice insect diversity into your garden.

Heritage Cycle Route

This brand new heritage route takes in ten of the National Trust for Jersey’s sites – including 16 New Street, Morel Farm, The Elms, Le Moulin de Quétivel and the Foot Buildings. With plenty of opportunities to stop off for refreshments or a picnic along the way, it is a wonderful way to explore the west of the Island.

Blossom Watch

When you are taking your daily exercise  see how many blossom trees you can spot in your neighbourhood. Why don’t you capture a photo of your favourite tree and create a finger-printed blossom card to send to a family member who you are unable to visit? What a lovely way to show them you care.

Buried Treasure

A stroll along a Jersey beach is like participating in an endless treasure hunt whose gold and jewels are the myriad of sea creatures that live among the sand and rocks or are washed onto the shore from deeper waters. With over 300 different species of seashell and long sandy beaches on which they may be washed up, Jersey is one the best places in Europe for collecting shells.

Flying Jewels

Butterflies, to many, if not all cultures and traditions are symbolic of transitions, renewal, resurrection, light and celebration. In fact, it is quite hard to find any negative connotations regarding our most colourful invertebrates and why would you want to? These associations, of course, come about firstly because of the metamorphic life cycle of the butterfly.

A Quick Guide to Plant Galls

‘What is that? And why is there a lump on the bottom of that leaf?’ These questions were asked of me by a child with a keen eye whilst taking part in one of my Woodland Wander walks last year...

Foraging for edible seaweeds

Our unique environment in Jersey is host to a huge variety of wild edibles. Some of the great wild edibles we have come fromour shores. As the tide retracts each day a treasure trove of flavours and health benefits are awaiting us.

We do like to fly beside the seaside

While Jersey’s wonderful coastline offers us, the pleasure seeker, a multitude of leisure related opportunities, quite a few bird species regard the shoreline as an essential means of survival relying , as they do, on gaining sufficient protein from all things maritime, a fine selection of wading birds spend the majority of their time along our beaches, generally unnoticed yet rarely unseen as they go about their tidal shift-work.

Bloomin’ Marvellous – Orchid Field 

During the spring and summer months Jersey is transformed by the vibrant colours of its native wildflowers. Among the most spectacular are the Wild Orchids found in The National Trust for Jersey’s ‘Orchid Fields’ at Le Noir Pré in St Ouen’s Bay and La Blinerie in Grouville.The Trust are inviting islanders to spend some of their daily exercise time during this special Bank Holiday weekend to get out, get some fresh air and marvel at the wonderful sight of these stunning blooms at either site in the west or the east of the Island, depending on where people live.Help us maintain everyone’s safety by following the rules listed below:

  1. Please follow the one way system which is signposted at each site and observe social distancing (minimum of 2 metres away from anyone not in your household)
  2. Please use public car parks in the vicinity when available
  3. Stay safe and do not touch gates etc.,
  4. Only visit as part of your 2 hour exercise allocation
  5. Please only walk on the marked footpath
  6. Please keep all dogs on leads
  7. Please do not pick any flowers or plants

Discover Hedgerows

Every metre of hedgerow has something special about it, but the thing that makes hedges really spectacular is how many different creatures they support.

Creating a Wildlife Haven in a Container

Container gardening is ideal for the urban naturalist trying to create a colourful and inviting area. Following a few simple guidelines will result in healthy attractive plants which will encourage wildlife to visit, and provide some basic resources including shade, shelter, food and nesting sites.

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Ponds are the most single important thing for attracting wildlife into your garden – if you only do one thing then build a pond.

Honey Bee Water Station

Our gardens would be unrecognisable without the gentle buzz of the honeybee, yet in recent years bee populations have suffered from the loss of green spaces and need our help. This water station won’t take very long to make but will help these wonderful creatures to survive.

Growing your own salads

Whether you like your leaves green and crispy, red and frilly or peppery and spicy, growing from seed gives you a much wider choice than you’ll find in shop-bought ‘pillow packs’. Growing cut-and-come-again salads is fast, too – from sowing to picking takes just six weeks. And by making frequent salad sowings, you’ll have regular pickings over many months.

Bee Hotel

Wild bees not only fill our environment with life, colour and beauty, as pollinators of crops and wildflowers these fascinating little creatures are also among the most important animals on earth. You can help bees at home by providing them with food and somewhere to nest.

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