National Trust invites children to take part in wildlife drawing competition around Grantham

The North Front at Belton House, a Restoration country house built 1685-88. ENGEMN00120120517173057
The North Front at Belton House, a Restoration country house built 1685-88. ENGEMN00120120517173057
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Children are being invited to pick up their pencils and enter the National Trust’s wildlife drawing competition in May.

The creator of the winning picture, inspired by the wildlife at a National Trust place in the Midlands, will receive a half-day’s drawing lesson from artist Shelly Perkins and have their picture printed onto canvas for them to hang in their home.

Children aged 12 years and under can find out more at their local National Trust place, or visit for all the competition details, as well as handy downloadable wildlife spotters’ sheets to help them identify the birds, beasts and blooms that they might find.

In Grantham, along the banks of the River Witham, which runs past Belton House, damsel and dragonflies can be spotted. The very lucky (and quiet) might even see water voles and wild brown trout. The parkland is home to a variety of bird species, including woodpeckers. And, of course, there is another National Trust property near Grantham, Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton.

Beccy Speight, Director of the National Trust in the Midlands, said: “It’s often the life at a place, whether that’s the flowers in the garden, the people you meet or the wildlife you see, that stays with visitors of all ages. We’re lucky enough to care for some incredible open spaces in Lincolnshire, havens for precious wildlife, which is often at its most spectacular at this time of year. We know that building a connection with nature at an early age is important both for children and the natural environment and hope that this drawing competition will deepen that connection. I’m already looking forward to seeing the creativity of our young visitors.”

With two bank holidays and a half-term break, May is a great time to get outdoors and seek artistic inspiration.

More details about the drawing competition and other family activities can be found at

To find out what wildlife has already been sighted, the National Trust has been building an online map of Midlands’ wildlife spotted this spring, asking visitors, volunteers and staff to share photographs of what they’ve seen. For more details visit