School is out and the Cattle are in!

Monday, July 18th 2011

The final school visit of the summer term took place today. Pupils from Colburn School came to learn about habitats and food chains at Foxglove. Whilst pond-dipping, one group found no less than 39 pond snails in one place! A 'bug safari' proved successful and the children were amazed at how many different species of slug were living under the logs around the new outdoor classroom. The dams were great fun after all of the recent rainfall too. As the youngsters were waiting for the minibus, a Common Newt was discovered underneath a picnic bench on the front lawn!

Since January this year, over 1350 people have benefitted from educational visits to the reserve. This has been thanks to extra help from Kyle, Brian, Josh, Seb, Tom, Beryl and Elizabeth (who has helped to prepare and run every single visit)! Thank you everybody, the thank you letters and feedback forms show how much all of this work is appreciated.

Finally, four Belted Galloway cattle were delivered to the wetland. This area is now fenced off completely and it is hoped that the 'eco-mowers' will reduce the height of the sward accross this habitat.

Belted Galloways arrive

Belted Galloway

 


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