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Yarm Prep. School visits Foxglove

Wednesday, May 2nd 2018

Yarm Prep. School joined us today for Pond Dipping, Signs of Spring walks, and Practical Conservation Tasks.

After a mid morning biscuit break all three groups headed down the Scrapes before splitting up and cracking on with their respective activities.

Mr Pearce took a lead on Pond Dipping, with all three groups finding a plethora of different, interesting species; from Caddisfly larvae, to Whirligig Beetles and Water Boatman.

Team Ian focused on finding the signs of Spring, of which many are now starting to wane. Primroses are still prevalent throughout the Reserve, and the Bluebells are now starting to flower in many of the more sheltered areas. 

Between the morning and afternoon sessions the Mallard on her nest down in Risedale Beck saw a few new arrivals as her eggs hatched and the young chicks were seen making their way upstream with mother duck around 1300. 

Steve's groups were put in charge of the Reserve's practical work for the day; using tree ties to affix saplings to stakes in the hope that they stay the right way up! 

Everyone had a great time, with Pond Dipping proving the most well-loved activity yet again; although I did hear lunch being mentioned as the best activity of the day too! 

I would like to say a big thank you to Yarm Prep. School from everyone here at Foxglove, you're welcome back anytime!


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