Nature conservation lessons for Chasetown schoolchildren

Tristan Chandler, Jordan Bailey, Ethan Beresord, Thomas Foxall and Calvin Cooper-Ellis

Tristan Chandler, Jordan Bailey, Ethan Beresord, Thomas Foxall and Calvin Cooper-Ellis

Chasetown schoolchildren have been learning about nature conservations.

The seven to 12-year-olds from Chasetown Community School have been finding out about Chasewater Country Parks’ heathland, its wildlife, and why it is important to conserve this rare and fragile habitat.

Chris Walsh, Biodiversity Officer for Lichfield District Council, said:

“It’s been great to get these children excited about the wildlife that is practically on their doorstep. I’ve led a number of classroom talks and games around local wildlife and the heathland habitat, in preparation for school trips to Chasewater Country Park.

“On our first trip, we spent the day tracking wildlife, including Red Deer spotting and bird watching. I also taught the children to build a shelter out of heathland materials – such as birch and bracken. It was really rewarding to see how much they enjoyed being out in the fresh air and how interested they are in local wildlife.”

Dianne May, Deputy Head of Chasetown Community School, added:

“It’s wonderful to have an expert in the local natural environment to share his passion with us. We’ve all learnt a lot and I know all the children have had a lot of fun along the way.”

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