Over the past few days I've been at several events where children have been learning about the nature and wildlife around them. It's fantastic to see the enthusiasm they have for the natural world, whether it's learning what a hen harrier is, hunting down wildlife in a park or just being glued to wildlife magazines. Unlike adults, every single child has automatically assumed that wildlife is a vital resource to be protected. They find it hard to understand why people are cutting down a tigers home, or why people would need to be convinced to protect and value the wildlife in the UK.
Encouraging that deeply rooted awe in nature, and basic respect that children seem to have is essential if the next generation of politicians, scientists and journalists are to protect our natural world. So, if you're looking for something to entertain the children this half term why not try the RSPB's Make Your Nature Count. And if you don't have children to entertain? Well, why not rediscover that childish glee when you sit and watch the magical, secret world of your garden unfold and take part in some science too.