Australia has more deadly snakes than any other country worldwide. It is also home to numerous poisonous spiders and sea creatures. Teaching our children to have a healthy respect of all creatures is wise. A general awareness while out and about will encourage them to be cautious when their curiosity perks up.
Please, never try to pick up a wild animal even if it’s injured. There are people who specialise in capturing snakes or taking care of injured wildlife, rather contact them to help the creature. Encourage your children to respect all living things. They should not intentionally provoke, tease or mistreat any animal.
Depending on where you live in this vast country, it is possible to experience four seasons in one day. Always be prepared by wearing appropriate clothing and foot wear. Taking along spare clothing or swimming gear is always a great idea. It’s wise to carry water with you on your walk with a source to refill as you need it. It can be dangerous to walk on sweltering summer days and I advise against it. Rather walk in the cool of the day or wait for a milder day to enjoy the outdoors. It’s tempting to rest under the shade of a gum tree in the summer, but they tend to drop their branches when it’s hot. Seek out shade in a safe place.
Your children will always appreciate a snack. Fruit is usually quite refreshing after a busy nature ramble. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, bug spray and hats. Keep it simple by keeping a field bag packed for such expeditions. All you’ll need to do is add the snacks and water.
Do you keep a nature ramble bag ready for exploration? Have you encountered injured wildlife? What did you do?