YOUNG explorers are being urged to hunt out different types of wildlife in a new exploring initiative. 

Witham Town Council has launched the educational 'Witham Wildlife Watcher' scheme, designed exclusively for children to explore and appreciate the natural wonders of the town during the summer holidays.

The scheme encourages young nature enthusiasts to embark on an exciting adventure along the River Walk, Whetmead or James Cooke Wood.Braintree and Witham Times: Adventure - record card books provided by the councilAdventure - record card books provided by the council (Image: Witham Town Council)

Children can collect record cards, which are a gateway to their wildlife spotting journey, from Witham Information Centre at the town hall.

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Armed with their record card, eager wildlife watchers can then venture into the countryside.

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Children are encouraged to spot and identify various forms of flora and fauna, including birds and insects.

The aim is to collect stamps on their card, which they can display as evidence of their adventurous spirit and observation skills.

After weeks of dedicated wildlife watching, children will have the chance to redeem their stamps for stickers and small prizes.

A spokesman for Witham Town Council said: "It's a fantastic opportunity to reward children's commitment to the natural world and encourage them to continue exploring the great outdoors.

"Additionally, all participants will have the honour of seeing their names displayed proudly on the Witham Wildlife Watchers board.

"This gesture aims to celebrate their contributions as responsible stewards of the environment and inspire other children to join in the initiative."

The scheme is open to all children in the community, and is free.

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Parents are encouraged to accompany their children on their wildlife-spotting adventures.

For more information and updates on the scheme, visit the Witham Information Centre or contact 01376 520627.