Tysoe Wildlife Activity Week
Tysoe Wildlife Friendly Parish, one of our sister Wildlife Friendly Communities, ran an Activity Week earlier this month and it looks like they had a fantastic time! Thank you to Tysoe for sharing their photos (download the pdf) and what they did:
Tysoe’s Wildlife Activity Week 2-6 August
- inspiring the young with a love of Nature
The Wildlife Week was attended by thirty primary school children. It was organised by Tysoe Wildlife, led by Professor Rosemary Collier, with Nicki Campbell (a former teacher) as the principle co-ordinator, plus a team of helpers. The children were treated to a packed programme of activities at St Mary’s Church, combining science education, crafts and games based on a different theme each morning:
Monday was ‘learning all about flowers,’ from the lifecycle of plants to the naming of the parts, germination and seed dispersal. The children were tasked with finding wildflowers in the churchyard and they made paper plate sunflowers which filled the church pews.
Tuesday was all about bees with Rev George Heighton who has four hives in the vicarage garden. The children heard how bees are essential for pollination. They had great fun trying on bee suits, tasting honey, making buzzy bees and playing a specially designed ‘Pollination Game’ at break-time.
Wednesday was all of a flutter with moths and butterflies. The children got to lift the lid on a moth trap, match other live specimens to pictures and hold some Elephant Hawk Moths and caterpillars. While over on the craft tables colourful 2d and 3d butterflies and caterpillars started to emerge.
On Thursday two Stratford school girls from ‘Hedgehog Friendly Town’ came to give a talk. In the past 6 years have helped save over 600 hedgehogs. We heard which foods are good and which are bad, and what gardens need to be hedgehog friendly. The children made clay hedgehogs with spaghetti for prickles and the older children also made some Solitary Bee Hotels from wood and bamboo.
Friday morning saw the children and helpers heading to Badgers’ Wood for a Nature Treasure Hunt/ Quiz based on the week’s activities before returning to Happy Herefords barn for a family picnic and the presentation of Wildlife certificates. The children had a wonderful time and learnt all about the flowers, bees, insects and animals