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As part of a hugely successful three year partnership, Girlguiding South West England worked with the RSPB to create this nature Resource which was designed to help us learn new things about the wildlife and plants in our Region whilst still having fun.  "Rustle, Bustle & Squeak" is packed with information and exciting activities and will give you ideas for exploring your local area, getting involved with fundraising, and helping to protect the natural environment. It covers everything from what can be found rustling in our woodlands, to the creatures which live in the sea along our coasts.  There is a section which gives information about the wildlife bustling in our towns and cities, as well as those squeaking on the Region's heathlands and moors!

Whether you are visiting the coast or the countryside, or heading to the city, keep looking and listening and send us stories and photographs of what you see when you are out and about, and the activities you are enjoying from the Resources.  If it's the thought of writing the story which is putting you off, let us do it for you!

Click here to find out how to send your stories

All the Resources, badges and goodies relating to Rustle, Bustle & Squeak can be found on the Region's online shop.

You can download the Challenge Sheets free of charge by clicking on the links below.  Each of the following is accompanied by its own badge which forms a body segment for the Rustle, Bustle & Squeak Caterpillar and can be ordered from the Region's online shop:

Desirable Dens

Tracks & Trails

Spring into Summer

Discoveries in the Dark

In and out of doors

Gold and Green

Big 5 Challenge Sheet

Rustle, Bustle & Squeak 2020 Challenge Sheet

The Seasons Challenge can also be downloaded for free - click here - and is accompanied by four badges, one for each Guiding Section, which can be ordered from the Region's online shop.  We have updated the Seasons Challenge and re-designed the badge to differentiate between those of you who undertook the Challenge in 2015, and those of you who have done so since. 

If you would like to see a page from Rustle, Bustle & Squeak, click here.

Please note, Butterfly Badges cannot be bought from the online shop. These are awarded for attendance at pre-arranged and "approved" Activity Days. Further information is given below.

 

 

Leaders can arrange their own nature themed Activity Days through organisations which have an interest in nature and conservation such as the Wildlife Trust, The National Trust, and the RSPB.

Local RSPB Group Leaders can offer help and advice; contact Gilly Robinson, Volunteering Development Officer with the RSPB South West Regional Office, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or telephone 01392 453294. When you have decided on your Activity Day, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. marked for the attention of Pat Heynes and giving details of what is being planned. Once "approval" has been obtained, e-mail the Region Office as above to confirm your attendance and order your Butterfly Badges.  Click here for some suggestions of places you could visit

Or you could book to attend one of the Activity Days which the RSPB offers the general public at a number of their Reserves. Your booking will need to be made direct with the RSPB, and we ask that you send an e-mail to the Region Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. confirming your attendance and ordering your Butterfly Badges at a cost of £1.00 per badge.  Click here for information about the RSPB's Reserves.

 

We have created these free downloads of some activities from our Rustle, Bustle & Squeak Resource.

Click here to download instructions on how to build a bird box.

Click here to download activities from Just for Fun.

Click here to download activities from Urban Life.

Click here to download activities from Waterworld.

Click here to download activities from Open Landscapes.

Click here to download activities from Woodlands. 

 

 

Many thanks to Kate Badge, Leader of 2nd Battledown Rainbows in Gloucestershire, who wrote in to tell us how her Rainbows kept busy with the Gold and Green Challenge during the recent lockdown.  Kate says she sent the Challenge Sheet out to her Unit over Easter and the girls had lots of fun creating their own Green Man using natural materials which they found in the garden or out on walks.  

Click here to download a free copy of the Gold and Green Challenge Sheet.

 

Becky Monahan who is also a Leader of 2nd Battledown Rainbows wrote in to say that as well as the Gold and Green Challenge Sheet, the Unit had been busy with the Rustle, Bustle & Squeak 2020 Challenge Sheet, 'which our Rainbows have loved getting involved with' and had been creating drinking areas in their gardens for birds and wildlife.

Click here to download a free copy of the Rustle, Bustle & Squeak 2020 Challenge Sheet.  

 

Rustle, Bustle & Squeak contains "Steps for Nature" activities which count towards the special RSPB body segment badges. One of these activities involves collecting used postage stamps (Waterworld: Coastlines).

 

Pat Heynes has sent in the words and sheet music for this song which you might like to teach to the girls in your Unit.

Click here for the sheet music.

Click here for the words.

 

Here you will find the forms you need when using the Resource, and links for other websites which will provide you with lots of useful information.

 
 
 

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