Blog Post: Christmas crafting and family walk at Marshside

RSPB Marshside Christmas Challenge Can you help decorate Sandgrounders' hide Christmas Tree ? And what can you see on the way? This is a two part Christmas challenge Part One - At home Using your Christmas crafting skills make a decoration for our Christmas tree in Sangrounders' Hide - Marshside Nature Reserve. Wrap up warm ready to visit Marshside reserve Part Two - At Marshside Nature Reserve Find Sandgrounders' hide at Marshside Reserve and hang your decoration on the tree (The tree will be up until the 4th of January). Optional - take photo of it in place, or a selfie of you hanging it, and share with us (Tweet @RSPB_Ribble or Facebook @RSPBRibbleEstuary ) and we will share it on. On your way to the hide and back to deliver your decoration, can you do the following? Find a bird with a long neck Hear a duck whistle See bird with a long beak Find a bird that has travelled from Iceland Count a flock of 1000+ birds (best guesses are OK) Hint- The longer you stay hidden in the hide the more you will see Decoration Ideas Make a string Bird - Click here for tips Make a Food Chain Mobile - Click here for tips Or be Creative - Check out these festive birds made by our teams little ones Map Link to full map here Cheat Sheet Pink Footed Geese travel to Marshside to winter all the way from Iceland and Greenland. They are the most numerous goose on the Ribble, and we have counted over 23,000 at Marshside in one go! B lack-tailed Godwit have long beaks to reach into the mud and find tasty worms in the deep mud. Wigeon are wintering at Marshside in large numbers - And they whistle - kind of - most certainly more of a whistle than a quack! Little Egrets are experts at fishing, but don't mind eating the odd frog or two! They have a long neck to increase their reach. Info on Covid Safety stuff for grownups here Info on the reserve here (Carpark is free to RSPB members and £1.50 for two hours for non-members) If you enjoyed this - why not check out our other wild challenges here