The winter is only just starting but children really do need to get out and about. One regular outdoor activity not far from St Albans and Harpenden is on again this Wednesday 15th November. The Messy Welly club for under 5's at the RSPB Rye Meads, Rye Road, Stansted Abbotts, SG12 8JS runs from 11am - 1pm and is a time for messy outdoor play.
It runs the third Wednesday of each month, and is aimed at under 5's with a parent or guardian. It runs outdoors whatever the weather and may include some wild art and crafts as well as other activities. This session is all about getting outside into nature and exploring the things we find. It is very important children come prepared in warm clothes/waterproofs/sun protection as appropriate, and clothes you don't mind getting messy! They will be splashing in puddles and running wild!
The session cost £3.50 for members £4.50 for non-members and booking is essential. There is also a £3 parking charge for non-members and they do not have the facilities to take cards. You can also find out more about the RSPB on your visit. Did you know it was formed to counter the barbarous trade in plumes for women's hats, a fashion responsible for the destruction of many thousands of egrets, birds of paradise and other species fashionable in the late Victorian era?
The original organisation was founded by Emily Williamson at her home in Manchester in 1889. The group quickly gained popularity and in 1891, Williamson joined forces with Eliza Phillips head of the Fur and Feather League in Croydon to form the Society for the Protection of Birds.
In its earliest days, the society consisted entirely of women and membership cost two pence. The rules of the society were: That members shall discourage the wanton destruction of birds and interest themselves generally in their protection That lady-members shall refrain from wearing the feathers of any bird not killed for purposes of food, the ostrich only excepted.