The ‘Wildlife Warrior’ trails, which are sponsored by Ogier, will be at Mont Orgueil Castle, Hamptonne Country Life Museum, Elizabeth Castle and La Hougue Bie. They start this Saturday (1st) and will be available until the end of the school holidays on Sunday, 16 April.
Each trail has a different theme, including wall lizards, birds, trees and minibeasts, and will send families on a hunt for six wooden information boards located around whichever heritage site they are visiting. The trails can be done individually or families can complete all four to receive a Wildlife Warrior certificate.
On the information sheet accompanying the trails, there will also be a QR code to scan, which will take would-be Wildlife Warriors to a hub on the Jersey Heritage website, where they will be able to find out more about how to get involved in protecting the Island’s wildlife.
Nicky Lucas, Jersey Heritage’s Community Events Curator, said: “The outdoor spaces surrounding our historic buildings are a haven for a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Wildlife Warrior trails have been designed to take full advantage of this, with plenty of fascinating facts and tips on how to protect the Island’s wonderful wildlife.
“We know that trails are a firm favourite with families who are looking for ways to spend time together and Wildlife Warriors combines exploring the outdoors at our heritage sites with learning about Jersey’s ecosystems and habitats. It’s generally acknowledged that getting out and about in nature is good for our health and these trails are mutually beneficial as they will also teach youngsters why it is so important that we protect our natural environment.”
Kate Kirk, Ogier’s Marketing Director, said: “We’re proud to continue our partnership with Jersey Heritage with a dedicated programme of family fun events, adventures and activities. The latest event, Wildlife Warriors, celebrates our local environment and brings Jersey’s historic landscape to life.
“Over the Easter holidays with the Wildlife Warriors’ series of self-guided trails, families will be able to explore historic buildings in a new way and discover the flora and fauna that make the castle walls or tranquil ancient treetops their home. It’s a great opportunity to get outside and explore as part of a fun, family day out. Can you complete all the trails?”
Normal site entry fees apply for the Wildlife Warrior trails. Free to Jersey Heritage Members and children under the age of six.