Festive Willow Wanders

Today a number of families joined us for a festive wander in search of different natural materials which could then be creatively turned into Christmas wreaths, stars and wands. Whilst our main material was willow, of which we have plenty here on the reserve, we also gathered pine, holly, ivy and a variety of different seed heads.

On returning to the Education Centre we wove our willow pieces into circle shapes to create a wreath base, before adding on our other gathered materials using wire, wool and ribbon. And of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of sparkly gold, silver and snow spray!

Here are some of our creations:

Willow wreaths 4

The Hackett Family with their wreaths and star


Willow wreaths 6

Annabelle and Felix


Willow wreaths 5

Carys and Mari





They were all different and all looked great!

On the bird front, lesser redpoll, brambling and treecreeper have all been seen from the woodland hide today whilst a Slavonian grebe was reported on Rockford Lake.

The shelduck which was merrily dabbling outside the front of Ivy North hide when I opened up this morning, close to the perches, was still merrily dabbling in the same spot towards the end of the day.

The cormorant roost on Ivy Lake appears to keep on growing, with 134 birds visible from Ivy South hide when I locked up.

One thought on “Festive Willow Wanders

  1. We had a lovely morning, thank you so much for yours and Sonias expert help! Our wreaths and wands are now hanging up all over the house.

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