Kell Bank School Visit

Friday, October 26th 2018

Today we have been visited by the entirety of Kell Bank CE Primary School, all 19 pupils!

We've had a great time watching the ducks from the Lake Hide, hunting and searching under logs for Mini-beasts…

And also dipping in the ponds on the Scrapes! 

A plethora of Three-spined Sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) were caught, along with this rather impressive Dragonfly nymph! 

The final part of today's school visit was to take a leisurely Habitat Walk in the general direction of the main gate onto the Reserve.

We had many a stop on the way, taking time to talk about the Vole Ponds and the invasive threat of American Mink (Neovison vison) to Foxglove's Water Vole (Neovison vison) population. We also stopped by the newly revamped Outdoor Classroom to talk about the life cycles of some of the invertebrates caught throughout the day. The new Seasons tabletop display really helps to explain what to expect of Foxglove over the coming months!

We look forward to future visits to the Reserve by Kell Bank, who are keen to come and help us with some coppicing and pollarding next February.

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