Schools & clubs
The educational visits have also been hugely popular, with a mixture of visits with Beau, pellet dissection and nest building workshops, enthusing and educating well over 1000 children of all ages from across Somerset.
Many of the children are from farming families and have immediately gone home to persuade their parents to create barn owl habitat and to sign up for one of our boxes, which many have done.
The schools themselves have also got onboard with wanting to help the project, and although most do not have suitable secluded places to site an owl nest box, many have promised to create wild areas within the school grounds.
Children at Wedmore Primary School, for example, have come up with a plan to create rough grassland margins around the entire school grounds, which also border onto open farmland. They will also be using this as a study opportunity and will be comparing the differences between the wildlife diversity of the short grass as it is now, with the newly created rough grass in a few months time.
The education sessions have all been different and rewarding in their own ways. A good example is the Magdalen Project where we provided a talk and box-building session for a group of Young Carers.
Here is what the Care Farm Manager, Rebecca King, said:
“Thank you and your colleagues so much for a wonderful morning yesterday. You gave a great talk and really engaged the children. That was the first time they had listened attentively during the 3 days.”
They have also put up a nest box and asked us to come back and do a second session.
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