This term, Year 6 have thrown themselves enthusiastically into the RSPB Giving Nature A Home project. (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/makeahomeforwildlife/givenatureahomeinyourgarden)
They started by carrying out a bioblitz – a detailed survey of the plants growing in the Forest School. We now have a database of photographs cataloging the trees, grasses and flowering plants. Along the way, some budding David Baileys and David Maitlands (http://www.davidmaitland.com/mobile/) took some amazing nature shots.
Having got to know the environment better, our conservationists started to build a variety of habitats.
They started by digging a diversity ditch.
Many of our gardens are flat, unlike our rising and falling natural landscape to create a wide variety of homes for nature. It mimics natural features in our countryside, and give hedgehogs and reptiles a lush byway to travel along, and song thrushes a perfect hunting ground. It’s always likely to have a rather more humid microclimate than open, sun-scorched, flat land around it. Gypsywort, Marsh Marigolds, Ragged Robin and Birdsfoot Trefoil seeds have been sown to provide shelter and food in the summer.
Inspired by a bird’s nest revealed as one of the willow trees in the Wild Garden started to lose its leaves, Year 6 decided to investigate who were the better builders, birds or themselves. Some people took this challenge very seriously!
Others made their own tools to dig a second diversity ditch.