Wildlife Selfie Competition
We held a wildlife Selfie competition which was really popular.
Tree Planting in West Park
Somemembers of the eco team were involved in planting trees at West Park with our local councillor from Erewash Borough Council. It was a cold windy day and we planted 4 trees.
Fifty pence piece
The fifty pence piece is a raised bed in the main playground of the school. This has previously been planted with bee and butterfly friendly seeds to encourage wildlife in the playground. During the summer term Mrs Nassau tidied up and replanted it with shrubs and perennial plants to encourage butterflies and other insects. Also encouraging the children to identity local mini beasts.
Animal Sanctuary Visit
We were visited by the hedgehog and owl rescue sanctuary. They held an assembly for all of the children and explained what they do to help animals. They also told us about what they need to eat and what they need in their habitat. We even got chance to stroke the owls and the hedgehogs. It was a great assembly!
Big Schools' Birdwatch 2016
In January 2016, we took part in the Big Schools' Birdwatch 2016. A group of children from across the school spent an hour in the school grounds recording the different types of birds that visit us. We like to encourage as many birds as possible to visit our grounds by placing bird feeders in the wildlife garden.
Hedgehog Sanctuary Update
During Fair-trade fortnight we had a tuck shop selling fair-trade treats to raise money for ‘Our Back Yard’ the hedgehog sanctuary in Ilkeston. We raised £15. The money was spent on food for the Hedgehogs (they like dog food, mealworms and cat biscuits).
‘Our Back Yard’ are always looking for gardens to release the hedgehogs back into the wild, and sometimes to live in if they are too poorly to survive in the wild. For injured hedgehogs, they look for gardens where foxes cannot get in, and the hedgehog can’t get out, with areas of ground cover (bushes and taller plants). You would be committing to looking after the hedgehog for the rest of its life.
They usually begin releasing the hedgehogs back to there wild in May.
If you would be interested in helping release hedgehogs back into the wild, or providing a safe garden for ones that are disabled and will not be able to survive in the wild give them a call on 01159305587. The rescue centre is run by volunteers, and receives no funding so they are also always looking for donations of
- old newspapers
- dog food - pedigree chum original
- old pet cages/carriers in good condition
- financial donations to help with the running of the centre
If you would like more information about hedgehogs, have a look at the Eco notice board in the family room - there are some leaflets about hedgehogs, and how to build a hedgehog house for the winter months.