To complete the four aspects of the John Muir Award, P 6/7 took part in a 2-day wildlife event at the Hareup Plantation. We took participated in a variety of activities.
Discover Explore Conserve Share
There are over 2000 experts in the UK like Andrew who ring birds.
They keep track of the bird’s location and the date. They also keep track of the weight, wing length and where the bird has been. The people have a big net which is hard to see and catches the birds.
If someone finds that same bird they can go online and put the code [which is on the ring] in to see where the bird was ringed and where it has been.
Then they send that information to the Natural History Museum so they can put into their data base.
We went to do the conservation because if we didn’t the wildlife could die out in the pond. So what we did was drag the sticks, leaves and litter with some special tools such as a pitch fork with bent prongs and a stick with hook in the end.
The pond is getting on well because it’s only been around one year and it is already swarming with wildlife.
We went to Hareup Plantation as part of our John Muir Award. We had two groups and we both picked a location for our moth traps.
In the morning we checked our moth traps we found over 20 moths which were all different species.
There were lots of variety and they were very interesting.
For locations to put our moth traps we were looking for areas with lots of shade and lots of different types of plants.
The Moth trap is a very unique thing. All it uses is a light, a big plastic tub and a few egg boxes.
Dave Wild took us pond dipping and the ponds were only dug out about 1 year ago and that gave us a new habitat to explore.
We used nets to fish out wildlife and see what species lived there. The wildlife we caught we put in a white tray and Dave Wild was surprised at how many species were there.
The adults that were helping us planned lots of activities that were really interesting. However in the field next to the Hareup Plantation, we discovered lots and lots of ladybirds. Making the ladybird city was not part of the plan but our initiative led us to discover and explore the wonderful world of ladybirds. For more fantastic facts watch the video.
A huge Thank You to Dave Wild, Katty Baird, Ang Morris and Andrew Thorpe for helping us achieve our John Muir Awards.