Thursday, 27 March 2014

Five star service....

Waterbeach primary school have had their Science week this week. The children were all told on Monday that their nature area was going to be turned into a car park if they couldn't protect it (of course not true) but we have been helping them learn about their outdoor area so they can defend it!

Protecting special places is the National Trust remit and in assembly the pupils were all able to tell us why their outdoor area is special to them and should be protected. The same reasons really why we protect Wicken - Wildlife, Uniqueness and Fun!

We were at the school on Monday and Wednesday and did something with all year groups. Reception did a Bug Hunt, Year 1 made mini insect homes and Year 2 made Bird feeders. Years 3 and four had a go at dissecting owl pellets.

The triumph of the week though was year Five and Six's insect hotel. Modelled on the one made last year at Wicken Fen but with a few fantastic upgrades such a chimney! Picture below.

Community Ranger
Wicken Fen 

Mini Insect Homes

Finished Feeders

Step one - Base pallet with leaves for hedgehogs
Step 2 - Add more layers, with bricks and tubes for spiders and woodlice
Step Three - Final pallets with wood for all sorts and canes for ladybirds and solitary bees.

Step 4 - Finish off with a tile roof to keep dry and if you have one a strawberry planter chimney!

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