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Catcott Primary School Children Explore Nature

 11th Nov 2010

ponddipping At Westhay

Local school children are getting hands-on with nature thanks to Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Education Outreach Project and sponsorship from Western Power Distribution.

Working with Key Stage one and two pupils the Trust’s outreach project aims to get as many school children as possible to visit their local nature reserve to support learning about science, geography and the local area.

Generous Donations

To support the project Western Power Distribution made a £2,000 donation to provide boxes of resources including pond-dipping nets, species identification charts and magnifying glasses.

Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Education Outreach Manager, Jessy Emery, said: “Children love getting hands-on, so practical activities like pond dipping are a great way to enthuse them about learning. Thanks to support from Western Power Distribution, school children across Somerset will benefit from these engaging outdoor activities on our nature reserves.”

Tracy Carr, Community Liaison Officer at Western Power Distribution added: “We are keen to support the Trust in this type of outreach work and know how valuable experiences like this can be for young children. It is a great idea and we hope children across the county have an opportunity to visit one of the reserves.”

Getting Hands On

Year three pupils from Catcott Primary School enjoyed trying out the new kit with a pond dipping session at near-by Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve. The school was amongst those who took part in a competition, run by the Trust, to design food-chain interpretation which can be seen carved into boardwalks at the nature reserve entrance.

Eight of the Wildlife Trust’s inspirational nature reserves are included in the project with hand-on sessions delivered by trained Environmental Tutors. Activities include freshwater discovery, woodland exploration, minibeast investigations and wetland wanders.

Find out more at www.somersetwildlife.org/education