Woodland Trust Wildlife Swatch Books

We love the natural world as you all know, and Monkey has certainly got Guru Gramps’ bug hunting genes.  Our outdoor adventures are going to be assisted by the Woodland Trust Wildlife Swatch Books in the months ahead.  Perfectly sized to fit in our backpack, there are 6 books in the series, which any nature fan will love.

Woodland Trust Wildlife Swatch Books

I’m sure Monkey isn’t alone in being obsessed with Poo!  He was instantly drawn to the Poos and Clue Swatch Book as you can imagine.  All the books are double sides with shiny surfaces.  With this book, one side shows the animal and the other shows its droppings, clues to look for when tracking the animal, its footprint and likely home.  All great for young nature detectives on the loose.  We have resident Hedgehogs so Monkey is looking forward to finding their poo, now he has his swatch book for guidance.  Looking but not touching, is key!

We love going on nature hunts, and collecting leaves for collages has always been a family favourite.  We will be making use of the Leaf Identification Swatch Book a lot this summer. The weather has been so awful recently we haven’t got out as much as we’d have liked, but that hasn’t stopped Monkey, he’s been busy identifying leaves on our collage from the autumn!

As we love going on mini beast adventures the Minibeast Swatch Book is also going to be well-loved here, especially as there are a number of creatures featured that Monkey hasn’t seen before.  As well as providing photo identification and general information on each animal, the swatch book also has a key telling us at what point during the year we are likely to find each minibeast.

The Fungi Identification Swatch Book is going to be as interesting for me as it is for Monkey, as neither of us know anything about them. The swatch book tells us all about a variety of fungi, when and where they can be found, and which ones are poisonous.

We’ve been looking back through photographs from our walk through Stoke Wood and have used the Wild Flower Swatch Book to help Monkey identify the bluebells and wood anemones.

Having grown up with an entomologist father, I’ve spent years admiring butterflies, and Monkey loves them too.  From catching them with Gramps to rearing them at home from caterpillars, they are a firm favourite. The Butterfly Swatch Book has information on a whole host of butterflies, some we know well such as the Orange Tip, and some less so, like the Pearl-bordered Fritillary. The swatch book gives us information on where and when all the species are likely to be spotted as well as their wingspan.

The Woodland Trust Wildlife Swatch Books are a great addition to our backpack and I can thoroughly recommend them.  You can buy them directly from the Woodland Trust for £4.99 each or buy two for £4.00 each.  You can also find out information about your nearest local Woodland Trust woods too.

disclosure:  we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review


I’ve teamed up with Woodland Trust to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win all six Swatch Books featured in this review.  Just complete the Gleam form to enter.  Good luck!

Woodland Trust Wildlife Swatch Books


Terms and conditions:

(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will close on 27th July 2016 at midnight.

Set of 6 Woodland Trust Wildlife Swatch Books worth £29.94

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About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with a 7 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

109 thoughts on “Woodland Trust Wildlife Swatch Books

  1. I would love these for our little Grandson, we would take them over the meadows on our nature trails

  2. I would love to win these for my little boy to help me to teach him all about nature and the world around him as he grows up. We already walk a lot in the countryside so would take these with us everywhere and see what we could spot.

  3. My grandchildren to two contrasting habitats – Snipedales and Gibraltar Point, both in Lincolnshire 🙂

  4. these would be fab for all 3 of my kiddies to learn and explore with, we’d take them down to our local nature reserve! xx

  5. My 2 sons would love this – we go to our local lake, surrounded with walkways through woods for 2/3 of it’s surround

  6. I would like to win these for my daughter. I would take these to my holiday home and go nature hunting with my daughter. We do a lot of nature activities on the holiday park with the nature ranger so these would be great to do a bit extra!

  7. I’d love to win these for my sister who is a countryside ranger. I’m sure she’d find them really useful for the nature club she runs at primary schools.

  8. I’d like to win these for my kids and we’d take them to the local park on one of our adventure days

  9. I’d love to use them to take my little boy, nieces and nephews out and about to explore our local wood. It’s beautiful there, there’s a lake and a nature trail so it’s the perfect place to educate them and learn some more myself. x

  10. I would like to win them for my daughter- we walk every weekend with the dog on public rights of way ,woodlands, fens or heaths

  11. I would give these to my son and they would be used when we go on our walks in the local woods and down to the beach.

  12. My granddaughter. They have recently moved house and have a gorgeous big garden and are surrounded by woods, parkland and two large ponds, these swatch books would help satisfy her growing curiosity (she’s currently fascinated with ants!)

  13. I’d love to win them for my mum’s year one class, as they do outdoor learning in local woods so they’d take them there!

  14. I would love them for my son, We could take them with us to the Black mountains in south wales when visiting family, or even for a walk along the Bridgewater canal and then back along the Transpennine trail.

  15. I would actually like to win these books for me and I will take them with me when walking the dog so that I can identify the trees and the butterflies that I come in to contact with. I live in the countryside so these little books would be invaluable to me and would help me learn so much about the beautiful area that I am fortunate enough to live in.

  16. My daughter Lives In Richmond surrey and I love taking them To Richmond Park , and It would be so super to take these swatch books when we go there ,Cheers for super chance

  17. my children would love these, we like to take long walks over cannock chase so they would take them with them 🙂

  18. We are very lucky to live beside woods and hills so I would win these for my son Tyler who loves nature and take him on a hunt

  19. I would love to win them for my grandson Michael and we’d take them out with us when I go (the 300 miles) to visit!!!

  20. I’d love to win them for my Daughter, we’re always out on walks round the countryside, we’d use them then!

  21. Id love to win these for my little one William he loves nature, exploring for insects, and animals and he would love this so much , being able to match his finds to the swatch books
    such a great prize educational and fun

  22. I’d love to win these for my daughters. We have just invested in National Trust membership and plan to spend the summer taking part in pond-dipping, mini-beast hunts and den-building days at some of the fantstic local properties.

  23. I would use them on our many days out to national trust parks/woodlands they would get used alot. Our local woods Formby squirell reserve would also be a great place to use them.

  24. My daughter loves wildlife and nature so I would love these amazing swatch books for her. We go on lots of nature rambles every weekend and during school holidays so I would love to take these with us everywhere we go!

  25. My three kids would love this. We would take them on nature trails and local walks. We don’t go far as my eldest son has special needs.

  26. My children would love this prize- we’d probably take them to a nature reserve or to the woods where they can explore!

  27. I would love these for my Grandchildren who love to be out and about. I would take them to Sandwell Valley where they can walk in the woods and look for birds snd insects. It also has it’s own pooĺ and farm.

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