YOUNGSTERS took part in their own "winterwatch" as they took to the great outdoors to see the wonderful wildlife nesting on their doorstep.

The Bolton News Weekend wildlife columnist Russ Hedley went back to his old nursery to lead children — and their parents — on a birdwatching expedition in the woods near to Croft House Nursery, Horwich.

Wildlife to make an appearance included a jay, chaffinch and the grey wagtail as well as a dipper.

Children made their own special bird cake to take with them on their trek.

Mr Hedley has been working with the nursery for the past three year, showing children how they can make the most of the great outdoors.

He said: "I think part of the reason I developed a love of wildlife was because of the nursery and the woods they have.

"The children love going out, it is hands on for them, and the adults love it too."

Mr Hedley, who runs Bolton-based Nature Talks and Walks, added: "The benefits of being outdoors are never ending.

"There are great places in our area which we can go out and explore. When I'm out there it is quiet, and I'm thinking why is it quiet, so activities like this introduce children to these areas ."

The birdwatching was one of a host of nature based activities children at the nursery have been taking part in.