School children across Somerset will be learning more about local wildlife with the launch of a new education project from Somerset Wildlife Trust.
Eight of the Wildlife Trust’s inspirational nature reserves are being opened to local schools so pupils can experience local wildlife and habitats first-hand and learn more about the natural world around them.
Pupils can explore nature reserves near Taunton, Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Chard and on Mendip. Activities include freshwater discovery, tree and woodland exploration, minibeast investigations and wetland wanders.
Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Education Outreach Manager Jessy Emery said: ”Ensuring that young people are connected to the natural environment around them is really important for the future of Somerset’s precious wildlife and the habitats they need to survive. Our nature reserves are the perfect place for schools to enthuse and educate pupils about what’s on their doorstep through practical, hands-on, fun activities.”
Educational visits are linked to the national curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 and offer hands-on activities led by trained environmental tutors.
Find out more at www.somersetwildlife.org/education or call Jessy on 01823 652415.
The project is currently focused on the following nature reserves:
Mendip: Harridge Wood (Nr Shepton Mallet), Long Wood & Black Rock (Nr Cheddar)
Mid Somerset: Westhay Moor & Catcott Lows (Nr Glastonbury), Great Breach Wood (Nr. Somerton)
South Somerset: Dommet Wood (Nr.Chard)
Taunton: Thurlbear Wood
Bridgwater: Fyne Court (National Trust owned)