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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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Spring into Summer 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 also now have a full set of 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 the latest Challenge Sheet, "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.

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.

The termly Challenge Sheets have proved so popular that we are aiming to continue them and hope to launch the next at the end of October 2017 to coincide with the end of British Summer Time and the arrival of the darker evenings. Keep watching this page and checking your Region Newsletter for the latest news on this!

Click here to download "Desirable Dens".

Click here to download "Tracks & Trails".

Click here to download "Spring into Summer"

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 feedersWe were so pleased to receive this lovely photograph of the butterfly feeders which 1st Falfield & Stone Brownies from Bristol & South Gloucestershire made. We particularly liked the fact that they adapted the idea from the "Spring into Summer" Challenge Sheet and added lobelia plants to the pots which would have looked really pretty when they flowered and proved very attractive to passing butterflies.

The Unit have also been working on the "Desirable Dens" Challenge Sheet and have made bug houses and a toad abode for the community garden at the hall where they meet. Their Leader added, "Thanks for more great Resources". Our pleasure Jane, so glad you are enjoying them!

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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.


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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 -
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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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Bird Box DesignIn September 2016, to celebrate the launch of our first Rustle, Bustle & Squeak termly Challenge Sheet, we invited you and your girls to design a Desirable Den for the feathered friends who frequent your gardens and local parks. As announced in the Region's April Newsletter, the winner of our competition was Fiona Clifton, aged 5, from 1st Alveston Rainbows in Bristol & South Gloucestershire who submitted this very colourful design which caught the eye of our Chief Commissioner and her husband!

Many thanks to Fiona's Leader, Sara Messenger, and to all the other Leaders who supported our competition.


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RainbowsWe 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 us in the South West! This is a lovely photograph of Rainbows in Wales enjoying Rustle, Bustle & Squeak's "Seasons Challenge". Look at those smiles!



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Brownies paddlingAnd 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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