Le Cateau Community Primary School Visit

Friday, May 11th 2018

Today was the second day for staff and pupils from Le Cateau Community Primary School to visit Foxglove Covert. 6 staff and 28 pupils carried on with the activities that other pupils had worked on yesterday.  Despite the fact that it wasn't as sunny today, they all threw themselves into the activities with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

As always, pond dipping proved very popular and each group managed to find a wide range of fish, tadpoles, pond skaters and snails to show just how rich the wildlife is in the ponds on the Scrapes.  Colin was in today filling feeders and had clearly already been active here as he'd put apples on the Water Vole rafts before the activities started at 10.15.

Away from the Scrapes, groups spent time looking for Spring flowers, listened for bird song and for birds and insects flying around the Reserve.  The habitats of Foxglove were the theme of the third group activity.  While most of this was within the deciduaous and conifer woodlands in Risedale Beck, the Heathland and Willow Carr were also investigated with plant identication, the effects of light and shade, and woodland food chains all being discussed. 

Feedback from yesterday's group was that they had all gone back to school 'buzing'.  Judging by the way that the pupils worked today, I expect that the feedback will be much the same.

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