FAIRYTRAILS #7: Crow

Updated: Mar 30

Our seventh element in this outdoor storying challenge!



Welcome to our 'Fairytrails' challenge! If you would like a quick outline of what this is all about, click here! If you're ready to go - let's do it!


Recognising the crow...

  • There are many species in the crow family - known as corvids. Generally medium to large birds, they are usually black, black and grey. Some are colourful or well-patterned.

  • Often confident birds so you can get quite close, but shy where they are often chased away (farmland etc.)

  • Did you know that raven and magpies are species of crow? (Click to find out more.)


When you head out on the lookout for a crow, you might be interested to know:

  • In some stories, crows sometimes appear as predictors of the future.

  • In many mythologies, crows signal bad things to come, but in others they are considered to be important messengers from the gods (think of Odin's ravens Hugin and Munin in Norse mythology!)

  • Crows are often tricksters in folklore and legend.


Now's the time for a tale...

Click here to listen to the Tibetan folktale of the Frog and the Crow - a story about a plucky little frog and and how he outwits the king of the tricksters!


Outdoor storying challenge #7:

OPTION 1: Can you capture some bird song and accurately identify the bird? Try out this free BirdNet app and see if you can gather some bird songs during your next walk.

OPTION 2: If you manage to gather some sounds, you might be able to complete this RSPB sheet!

OPTION 3: Can you complete this BIRD ID sheet from Tree Tools for Schools?


Bushcraft, podcasts and other things that might interest you...

  • Play yourself some Birdsong Radio at breakfast or when you're next working/homeschooling - it's brilliant for calming us all down. In times past, if the birds were singing then it was safe. That's why your brain happily relaxes when it can hear some birdsong!


Happy outdoor storying y'all! Let us know how you get on!

Pridie, Elva & Adelind :)




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