A THOUSAND Brownies will go on safari on Saturday when they celebrate the movement’s 100th birthday at Knowsley.

They are embarking on a special trail created by the Knowsley Safari team that will help in their Friends of Animals and On Safari badge courses, learning about the realities of extinction, human threats and conservation.

Knowsley Safari’s Richard Smith said: “The celebration at Knowsley Safari will be a fun-filled day out but it will also help them to appreciate the incredible nature on their doorstep, as well as the conservation work that takes place to protect the many species that are under threat in the wild.

“We are encouraging children to swap screen time for wild time as part of the Project Wild Thing campaign, a film-led movement to get more children exploring the outdoors and reconnecting with nature, something that has always been central to the Guiding message.”

Girlguiding Merseyside County Commissioner AnnMarie Cresham said: “This will be a really special and memorable adventure for the Brownies – a chance to meet girls from all over the County. Knowsley Safari Park are our neighbours as we have a residential centre, Woodbank, within the grounds. We have a special On Safari badge designed locally that the girls can gain on the day - and hopefully have a birthday celebration they will remember for years to come.”

As part of the Project Wild Thing campaign, Knowsley Safari will be offering a raft of exciting outdoor activities this year, including bushcraft sessions, kids’ clubs, and live vulture experiences.