It’s often said that children nowadays spend too much time sitting at their computers – but Newcastleton youngsters have proved that wrong. Their love of nature and the great outdoors has won them second prize in a UK competition.
The Newcastleton Wildlife Watch group impressed the judging panel in the Wildlife Watch Group of the Year competition.
The group gives children from six years old upwards the chance to learn about the environment – and have fun while they’re doing it. No matter what the weather’s like, members get together every week for a wide range of activities – from identifying trees and insects to cooking bread over a campfire, ringing baby owls and creating clay art. They also work towards achieving awards in the John Muir environmental scheme.
Newcastleton last year came second in the best new group of the year section in the Wildlife Watch competition. The group has also featured in ITV Border’s Borderlife.