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A code-cracking scavenger hunt marked our 30th anniversary…

(See the entries in our fun colouring competition!)

Over 280 wonderful families joined us in Pittville Park to take part in our first ever animal scavenger hunt - and what fun it was!

As we approached our 30th anniversary, the team here at Naturewatch Foundation wanted to do something a little different to the norm; do something to bring our local community together and celebrate all things animals on this momentous milestone for the charity.

After 18 long months of lockdown and restrictions we also wanted to do something to help bring a smile back onto people's faces and celebrate the return of the summer holidays.


 

Over two (mostly) sunny days in August, families of all shapes and sizes joined us for our Animal Scavenger Hunt and took to the nooks and crannies of Pittville Park to seek out our hidden animals and solve their riddles.

Armed only with scavenger maps and pencils, all of the children returned triumphantlym having solved the riddles and unlocked the secret codeword (even putting some of the parents to shame in the process!).
 

 

After whispering the secret codeword to one of the Naturewatch Foundation team, children were awarded with a goody bag loaded with prizes including colouring pencils, stickers and an animal mask to celebrate their success.

However, we didn’t want the fun to stop there…

We invited all the children to take part in our colouring competition. Using their colouring pencils (and a bucket load of imagination and creativity), we tasked the children to decorate their animal masks and send in pictures of their designs for a chance to win a £50 voucher to Go Ape.

In total, we received almost 30 amazing submissions!

However this left us with the most difficult task of all….deciding on a winner!

After lots of deliberation, we awarded 1st place prize to seven-year-old Isaac D, from Cheltenham. We absolutely loved all the different animals merged into one clever design.

Great job Isaac - enjoy your trip to Go Ape!

Check out his design below!


 

SEE ALL OF THE FANTASTIC ENTRANTS IN OUR ALBUM - great job everyone!

It was an absolute pleasure getting out into our local community and spreading the message of our charity.

The flood of support and positivity we received from the community on the day was fantastic and we can’t wait to do it all again in the future.

To keep up to date with any future events and activities, follow Naturewatch Foundation on social media and check the ‘In Focus’ pages on our website.

Acknowledgements:

  • Our sincere gratitude goes to talented graphic designer/illustrator, Jack Crossley, for kindly designing the beautiful clues for our scavenger hunt! Explore JC's website.
  • A big 'thank you' to the teams at the Boathouse Cafe and the Sundae Shack for supporting us on the day and to all the local businesses that displayed our posters in the build-up.