P5 are working towards our John Muir Award this term and have got off to a great start on our project this week.
On Wednesday we were lucky enough to spend the morning with Sam, our local ranger, and Jo, who works at the River Forth Fisheries Trust. We have been learning about the importance of a balanced ecosystem and Sam taught us about some of the invasive species that we find here in the UK including Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed and American Mink. Jo had been river dipping and we had a fantastic time finding and classifying the creatures that had been fished out of the river. It was amazing how many different types of larvae there were!
After a welcome break for a snack and a drink we headed down to Smeaton Woods where we went on a mini-beast hunt and found all sorts of bugs and insects. We have decided to make our own bug hotel at school so gathered some materials that we will be able to use.
We are off back out with Sam next week so watch this space for an update on our outdoor adventures…