Blandford Saint Mary are Forever Wild!
Friday 8th July 2016
Enthusiastic students at Blandford Saint Mary primary school in Dorset went wild for The Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild challenge. The pupils were invited to find new and exciting ways to interact with wildlife every day for the month of June.
The tasks ranged from cloud watching to mud painting and the children even went singing in the rain. Pupils and teachers alike went for a bare-foot walk around their local woods and managed to find and identify some slow worms. They were also lucky enough to spot the rare black oil beetle on a trip to Bradbury rings.
The children had lots of fun!
Year 2 Teacher Hazel Moscrop says “The children absolutely loved it! I expected the class to embrace it but not with quite as much enthusiasm - they even started convincing their parents to go on walks and go camping at the weekends. The plan originally was to fill one scrapbook with our adventures but we ended up filling two. It was incredibly heart-warming to see the children really engage with the nature and wildlife that’s all around them and have so much fun doing it.”
Plans for next year...
The school has plans to take up the challenge next June too. The children have already been thinking about what else they could get up to. Having already completed a litter pick around their local area this year, they are considering completing a beach clean next year. Rubbish and plastic bags on our beaches pose a constant threat to our marine wildlife and it’s fantastic to see the young generation eager to do something about it.
Rewards for their efforts...
The children were presented with Wildlife Watch magazines, a butterfly identification guide, badges and stickers to say well done for their incredible efforts.
Discover what else the children got up to...
To find out what else the children got up to, click here to visit their blog.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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