The National Trust for Jersey and Girlguiding Jersey have teamed together to offer every Rainbow, Brownie and Guide on the island the opportunity to ‘Rustle Bustle and Squeak’ and gain their new Nature Butterfly Badge. Starting at the Frances Le Sueur Centre within the beautiful setting of our Coastal National Park, each guiding group will be challenged to complete a number of different activities that are designed to get them closer to our local wildlife and have a lot of fun at the same time.
Rustle, Bustle and Squeak is a resource created for Girlguiding and focuses on wildlife in woodlands, open landscapes, water and urban life. For every 5 activities the girls complete a segment of a caterpillar. Activities have included rock pooling, making food for hedgehogs, going bat watching, making bird boxes, dissecting owl pellets and doing a bird watch. Attending the activities provided by the National Trust gain them the final butterfly badge.
Stephen Le Quesne, The Wildlife Education Officer for the National Trust said:
“I am delighted that the Girlguiding Jersey have approached us to help them all achieve their butterfly badge. The girls get to immerse themselves in our wonderful Coastal National Park and learn about our local wildlife; explore the great outdoors and work together to achieve a common goal.”
Sophie Mariette (9) of 9th Greve D’azette Brownies, after having fun gaining her butterfly badge said:
“I enjoyed seeing all the nature things it was fun making our woodland perfume. I learnt about the flowers, ants, beetles and butterflies.”
The outdoor adviser for Girlguiding Jersey, Jill Green, added:
“I was amazed to find that many of the girls had never visited Les Mielles Nature Reserve before. I am sure after this experience, they will want to return and explore further this wonderful reserve, and it encouraging the girls to look at the world of nature around them and appreciate both the countryside and coast of our beautiful Island.”
These wildlife extravaganzas are to happen every Saturday from 14th September until Saturday 26th October (apart from Saturday 5th) from 10am until 4pm, starting at the Frances Le Sueur Centre at St. Ouen. There is an open invitation to the islands media to come down and join us during one of these sessions.
This initiative is based on the partnership in the UK between the RSPB and Girl Guiding South West (Details can be found here: (http://www.rustlebustleandsqueak.co.uk/)