River walk

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This week is the sixth and final week of the 2020 Summer Challenge and we are finishing with a river walk. The other activity on offer here geocaching! Never heard of it? Read on to find out more. The Wildlife Fact file in this set of resources is all about the Golden plover.

We have introduced these online learning opportunities in response to Covid-19, which has prevented us from going into schools in the Ribble Catchment as we normally would. This is our way of bringing our educational topics to you at home so you can continue to learn all about rivers and wildlife.


Here is the final challenge from our 2020 Summer Challenge Booklet, a river walk! For this challenge, we are asking you to find a river or stream that you’d like to walk next to and go for a walk. Make sure you stop to listen to and look at all the signs of nature that surround you and the river, make a note of them if you like.

Can you spot any wildlife that you have not seen before?

After you have been for your walk, try drawing a map (on the last page of the challenge booklet) of where you went and seeing if your family can follow your instructions. How many things can you remember to put on your map?

Download the full Six Summer Challenges booklet by clicking on the cover page below:

Have you heard of ‘Geocaching’?

Geocaching is an exciting outdoor “treasure” hunt that anyone, anywhere in the world, can take part in. It is a fantastic way to get outdoors and discover new places! All you need is a sense of adventure, the coordinates of where the “treasure” is hidden, and a way of navigating to that location.

A geocache is essentially a container – millions of which are hidden world-wide. They can be found in parks, urban areas, forests, deserts, on top of mountains, underwater… pretty much anywhere you can think of.

Ribble Rivers Trust have recently placed seven geocaches across the Ribble Catchment, in or near:

Dunsop Bridge
Lower Darwen

Whether you are an experienced geocacher or this is the first time you’ve heard or it, why not see if you can find them?

Head to geocaching.com to find out more about geocaching, and to discover where RRT’s geocaches are hidden by looking at the Ribble Life geocaching profile: geocaching.com

If you’d like to share them, please send us photos of your river walk and geocaching expeditions to admin@ribbletrust.com

Wildlife Fact file

This week’s Wildlife Fact file is about the Golden plover. Read the fact file below to find out all about this distinctive-coloured bird or click to open the pdf.