FAMILIES are being invited to discover more about what goes in to making a bird nest.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is running the activity as part of National Nest Box week on Wednesday, February 19.

People will have the chance to learn about what makes a nest warm and waterproof as well as having a go at making their own nest.

The event will take place at Lower Smite Farm, between Worcester and Droitwich Spa, between 2pm and 4pm. It costs just £3.50 per child and booking is essential on 01905 754919.

Debs Richardson Bull, education officer for the conservation charity, said: “At this time of year, birds start looking for potential nesting sites so this is a great opportunity to think about what they need.

“We’ll be getting families to think about materials – twigs, mud, moss, grass, feathers, fur – and about how nests are built. Obviously a swan couldn’t make a nest like a wren, but we’ll be looking at where nests are made and how different species make different constructions.

“Families will also get the chance to put their newly discovered knowledge to the test when we ask them to build their own nests.”

The event will also look at eggs – how they get to have different colours and patterns and why they sometimes come in different shapes.

The event is the first this year in a series of Wildwatcher events that take place through the school holidays. They attract families of all ages and the activities ensure they have a great time learning about nature and the wildlife they see regularly.

Staff and volunteers from the trust will also be running a bird bonanza event, including family craft activities and bird watching, at Croome Park on Sunday, February 23.

For more information visit worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/whats-on.