PARENTS looking for ideas for somewhere to take the kids at half-term should consider visiting a Purbeck nature reserve.

At RSPB Arne, near Wareham, families can spring into nature following a trail and become nature detectives.

Samantha Dallimore, RSPB Arne Visitor Experience Officer, said: “Spring is a truly amazing season at Arne – the reserve is just beginning to reveal its secrets after a long, sleepy winter. Buds are unfurling, bees are buzzing and the birds are singing away. It’s the perfect time to explore the nature reserve with our Spring Family Nature Trail – there’s something bursting into life around every corner. Pick up a trail pack (which includes a small edible prize) from the welcome area and follow the trail.”

She added: “We are really happy to be back offering Covid-secure events at RSPB Arne. Most of our trails are open and our hides are open, including our new Middlebere Lookout, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. You can stock up on nature goodies in the shop from 10.30am-4pm or treat yourself to a delicious takeaway tea, coffee and so much more at the café from 10am–4.30pm daily. There will be hand sanitiser available at our Welcome Area and we ask that everyone follows all Covid-19 government guidance during your visit."

The ‘Spring Family Nature Trail’ will be running every day of the half term holidays, from 9.30am-4pm, today to Sunday, June 6. It costs £2.50 per child and normal car parking charges apply. Card and contactless payments are preferred.

No need to book, just turn up.