Downs in snow (copyright Jill Parsons)

Family Activity

Welcome to the Trio of Sycamores

Feel the wood on the trunks of the trees. Give them a hug – feel right up high with your hands and all the way down to the base of the trees. Give the tree a sniff – what does it smell of?

What do all animals need to survive? Do you think the tree can give them all of these? All animals need food, shelter, air and water to live. What gives them air to breathe on the tree? Where might they find food in the tree? How can they find water from the tree? Is there any shelter already in this tree for creatures?

Imagine you need to make a shelter for a little creature at the base of one of the trees. Use some small sticks from the ground against the trunk of one of the trees to make a little shelter, is it cosy and waterproof? Do you need to add some dead leaves from the ground on top of the sticks to make it extra cosy?

Photographs © Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project.