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!
All the Resources, badges and goodies relating to Rustle, Bustle & Squeak can be found on the Region's online shop - click here.
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:
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.
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).