Learning New Things

Thursday, September 14th 2017

With two of the reserve manager team away on the bird ringing trip to Norway, it was thanks to the generous help of some of our experienced volunteers that we were able to lead a visit from Carnagill Primary School today. Finds from the pond dipping included stickleback and great diving beetles and mini-beast hunting was popular as ever. One of the groups discovered first hand that ground beetles will eat earthworms!

Highlights of the habitat walk included discovering puffballs, learning that cricket bats are made of willow (a fact quoted back to us at the end of the visit!) and how burdock disperses its seeds and, for one group, a sighting of a mouse!

Thank you Lesley, Christine, Tony and Ruth for helping with the school visit and John, Mike, Jackie, Jenny, Angela, Quintin and Theo for their hard work continuing along the new fence lines of the heath - and more.

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