Following a successful online event with RSPB Scotland in February 2021, the Weekend Club was invited to visit an RSPB reserve when lockdown restrictions allowed. On Saturday 28th May 2022, we were delighted to take a day trip to the RSPB nature reserve at Lochwinnoch!

Having got to Lochwinnoch by coach from George Square, we sat down to have a picnic lunch together when we arrived at the site. The Weekend Club provided snacks, water, and hot drinks, while participants brought their own lunch. Food was shared among families and friends, and participants were keen to share their delicious cooking and baking with new friends!

We then split into two groups for activities. As group one had a enjoyed a walking tour of the reserve, were helped to spot birds and identify trees, group two used nets to go pond dipping, and were supported to identify the creatures they found in the pond by an RSPB volunteer. The groups then swapped activities. Following this, participants had free time to explore with their families, play in the playpark, make wishes at the wishing tree, explore bug hotels, and do a gnome hunt before leaving for George Square at the end of the day.

Participants, volunteers, and staff alike thoroughly enjoyed the Weekend Club’s first day trip outside of the city since before the pandemic. One participant said “My dream is to spend time in nature with a wonderful bunch of folks. I have experienced that today!” One of the kids said “I loved it when we saw the deer because I never saw one before.” 

A huge thanks to Tabby, Dan, and the RSPB Lochwinnoch team for making us feel so welcome!