Pupils learn about wildlife and nature

Oak Tree Primary School welcomed The Wildlife Trust into school.

Ed Tripp, from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, delivered five nature sessions through the day, focused on helping young people understand why and how we can support local wildlife.

The sessions were funded by Mansfield District Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which supports the Trust’s Sherwood’s Historic Heathlands Project.

The classroom sessions were focused on nocturnal animals and the children dissected owl pellets to find out what the owls eat.

Six families worked together after school, using a hammer and nails, to put together a nest box.

The children took them home to put up in their gardens, to support spring nesting birds.

Mr Trip said: “It is great to help people find out more about the wildlife in their area and to develop their awareness and knowledge of what is on their doorstep.

“The Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity run by local people for the benefit of local wildlife and we need to let young people know what they can do to help our wildlife”

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have also supported Berry Hill Primary School’s Eco Club build nest boxes for their school grounds and they are also delivering nature sessions at APTCOO and Mind as part of this project.

The Wildlife Trust also supports a monthly ‘Wildlife Watch’ group for young people. The next session is on 5th April.

Contact Sarah Spurry, Watch Leader, email: sarah.spurry@ntlworld.com or tel: 07885 169111 for more information.