A few days passed I received an email from a blog reader – Pippa Cragg – asking whether I could point her in the direction of opportunities sure to further her 9-year-old son’s passion for nature. Particularly relevant to the Hastings, East Sussex area; Pippa commented on the patronising nature of many opportunities – organised by people who wrongly assume that most children are incapable, or know very little about wildlife. Something that I’m sure most of us know to be entirely false, yet a common stereotype all the same.
Anyways, I have posted Pippa’s message below for your consideration and, in an effort to help her track down opportunities that will hopefully benefit her son, I would be grateful if you would consider sharing your ideas in the form of comments. I will pass them along to Pippa for consideration.
Again, opportunities in the particular corner of include referenced in the initial email would be great; though I’m sure national schemes would be of equal interest…
Pippa writes “I have a nine-year-old son who is incredibly passionate about wildlife. He would love opportunities to work with animals and further his passion but we are having a bit of a tough time finding ways to do this. Any opportunities we do come across seem rather patronising and frustrating for him as they seem to presume that as a child he doesn’t know very much nor is he capable. I thought I would get in touch with you to see if you had any ideas. I’d be very grateful for any input you may have. We live in Hastings, East Sussex. Many thanks.”