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  Welcome to "Rustle, Bustle &Squeak"
  About the Resources
  Useful Links and Downloads
  RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018
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Rustle Bustle and Squeak


Rustle Bustle and Squeak HedgehogAs part of a hugely successful three year partnership, Girlguiding South West England worked with the RSPB to create this nature Resource which was designed to help us learn new things about the wildlife and plants in our Region whilst still having fun. "Rustle, Bustle & Squeak" is packed with information and exciting activities and will give you ideas for exploring your local area, getting involved with fundraising, and helping to protect the natural environment. It covers everything from what can be found rustling in our woodlands, to the creatures which live in the sea along our coasts. There is a section which gives information about the wildlife bustling in our towns and cities, as well as those squeaking on the Region's heathlands and moors!

"Rustle, Bustle & Squeak" has proved to be the most successful Resource created by the Region. Since its launch in September 2012, 449,757 nature activities have been undertaken and just over 1,679 copies of the Resource and 92,977 badges have been sold. The top five most popular body segment badges are the robin, the frog, the hedgehog on a green background, the mouse and the ladybird.

Click here to go to YouTube and watch our film about Rustle, Bustle & Squeak.

Whether you are visiting the coast or the countryside, or heading to the city, keep your eyes and ears open and send us stories and photographs of what you see when you are out and about, and the activities you are enjoying from the Resources. If it's the thought of writing the story which is putting you off, let us do it for you. Give a brief outline of what the story is about, who was involved and when and where the event took place, and attach three or four images; jpegs are best, but we can work with png or can even cut and paste an image from a word document. Attach your pictures to an e-mail with the story, or put everything in the post with some photographs which we can scan. If you can't provide any pictures for us, we can probably find an image to accompany the story so there are absolutely no excuses! Any questions, give Susie a call on 01722 343187, or e-mail We look forward to hearing from you!


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Discoveries in the Dark badgeAll the Resources, badges and goodies relating to "Rustle, Bustle & Squeak" can be found on the Region's online shop - click here!

The "Rustle, Bustle & Squeak" Resource costs £6.00 plus p&p. The Caterpillar's head and "tail" (the Region's logo) cost £1.00 for the pair plus p&p and the body segments cost 60p each plus p&p. If you would like to see a page from Rustle, Bustle & Squeak, click here.

With the publication of "More Rustle, Bustle & Squeak", there are now 22 colourful Region badges to collect, plus three RSPB badges, which will grow into the lovely Caterpillar shown on this page. You can continue collecting badges throughout your Guiding life and they can be arranged in any order. "More Rustle, Bustle & Squeak" costs £2.50 plus p&p.

The "Seasons Challenge" contains information and activities for each season of the year. It can be downloaded for free - click here - or you may purchase a printed copy from the online shop at a cost of £2.00 plus p&p. The" Seasons Challenge" is accompanied by four badges, one for each Guiding Section. The badges can be added to your Rustle, Bustle & Squeak Caterpillar in the same way as the other body segments, and are available to buy from the Region's online shop at a cost of 75p each plus p&p. NB: We have updated the Seasons Challenge and re-designed the badge to differentiate between those of you who undertook the Challenge in 2015, and those of you who have done so since.

We are also publishing termly Challenge Sheets which are all available as free downloads, or to buy as pre-printed copies from the online shop. "Desirable Dens" and "Tracks & Trails" both cost 50p to buy (plus p&p), and "Spring into Summer" costs £1.00 plus p&p. All the Challenge Sheets contain new activities which are suitable for all Sections and can be adapted for a group working together, or can be completed by individuals. The four activities in "Desirable Dens" will help you create homes in your garden for amphibians, bees, hedgehogs and birds. "Tracks & Trails"contains three activities which will take you out into the countryside or your local park, or if the weather is less inviting, you can keep busy indoors. "Spring into Summer" offers five activities which can be enjoyed both indoors and out, in your Unit meeting or as a bigger project when you go on camp or holiday. Our latest Challenge Sheet, "Discoveries in the Dark", contains five activities suitable for all Sections which will encourage you to find out what is happening outdoors during the dark winter months, and suggests various craft ideas to enjoy whilst keeping warm indoors! The pre-printed version costs 50p plus p&p from the online shop.

The Challenge Sheets are accompanied by new badges which are earned by completing one of the activities, and form a body segment for your Rustle, Bustle & Squeak Caterpillar. The badges can be ordered from the Region's online shop and are priced at 75p each plus p&p.

Click here to download "Desirable Dens".

Click here to download "Tracks & Trails".

Click here to download "Spring into Summer".

Click here to download "Discoveries in the Dark".

Click here to go to the online shop.

Please note, Butterfly Badges cannot be bought from the online shop. These are awarded for attendance at pre-arranged and "approved" Activity Days. Further information is given below.


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Butterfly BadgeLeaders can arrange their own nature themed Activity Days through organisations which have an interest in nature and conservation such as the Wildlife Trust, The National Trust, and the RSPB. Local RSPB Group Leaders can offer help and advice; contact Gilly Robinson, Volunteering Development Officer with the RSPB South West Regional Office, on , or telephone 01392 453294. When you have decided on your Activity Day, please send an e-mail to giving details of what is being planned. Once "approval" has been obtained, e-mail the Region Office as above to confirm your attendance and order your Butterfly Badges. Click here for some suggestions of places you could visit.

Or you could book to attend one of the Activity Days which the RSPB offers the general public at a number of their Reserves. Your booking will need to be made direct with the RSPB, and we ask that you send an e-mail to the Region Office at confirming your attendance and ordering your Butterfly Badges at a cost of £1.00 per badge. Click here for information about the RSPB's Reserves.

"Rustle, Bustle & Squeak" is reaching out beyond our Region. One Unit from Herefordshire visited an RSPB Reserve in Birmingham in order to gain their Butterfly Badge.



Rainbows and BrowniesSevernvale Division in Bristol & South Gloucestershire took their Rainbows and Brownies to an explorer day at WWT Slimbridge in order to gain their Butterfly Badges. The girls enjoyed pond dipping and the nature trails and "had a great time"!

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Brownies paddlingWe are always pleased to receive stories and pictures of the Region's Members enjoying our Resources, but there is something particularly nice when we hear from Leaders from further afield who want to tell us about the fun their girls have experienced thanks to Girlguiding South West England! Here is a photograph from a Manchester Brownie Unit's Pack Holiday. They gained their Butterfly badges by spending a day with the RSPB at their Ribble Valley Reserve at Lytham St Anne's.

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Click on the links below to download the forms you need when using the Resource, or to visit other websites which will provide you with lots of useful information.

Press Release Template
Crab Identification Guide
Sponsor Form

Youth Activities -
Reserves -
Support Us -


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RSPB LogoThe RSPB's next Big Garden Birdwatch will be taking place from 27th - 29th January 2018 and the RSPB have put together their five top tips to help you get the most out of your hour.

Registration for the Big Garden Birdwatch opens on 13th December 2017 and as well as receiving a free information pack, you will be offered a 20% discount at the RSPB's shop plus free delivery so you can stock up on bird food and start encouraging feathered visitors to gather in your garden or near your Unit's meeting place.

Click here to read the RSPB's top tips and to find out more about the Big Garden Birdwatch.


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Water sample bottlesIf you are in the Thames Water Region, the Freshwater Habitats Trust would like to invite you to participate in their citizen science survey, Clean Water for Wildlife. Very little is known about water quality in 99% of our ponds, streams, ditches and other smaller waterbodies. Communities, schools and groups across the Thames Water Region are being asked to help increase the information which is available.

The survey is free and all the necessary equipment and materials are supplied. Your girls will have the opportunity to actively participate in current scientific research and discover more about the importance of good water quality for wildlife and the impact of environmental pollution.

Click here to go to the Freshwater Habitats Trust website and find out more.

Click here to go to YouTube and see the testing kit in use.

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Caterpillar's HeadPat Heynes has sent in the words and sheet music for this song which you might like to teach to the girls in your Unit. How about recording your Unit performing the song and popping the film onto YouTube? E-mail the link to and we can share your performance with the Region's Members via the Website.

Click here for the sheet music.

Click here for the words.

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