Over the February half term Miss Phipps and Mrs Meredith developed a fire pit area for the school and began developing the area just outside the main corridor into a wildlife garden in the hope that it will attract insects and birds that the children can enjoy watching and surveying.

The wildlife garden now has the bird feeders and nest boxes that we received from our Postcode Lottery Nature Grant, a wormery (as yet uninhabited) and a bug hotel. We would like to add some additional pots of greenery (shrubs and small trees) to this area so, if any parents have a large outdoor plant in a tub that they would like to find a new home for please let us know!

As the weather gets better the gardening club and classes will begin to develop and use the areas wherever possible. We have already developed some bird and insect ‘spotter’ sheets for the wildlife garden viewing area and a survey sheet for children to log their sightings. Gardening club are planning to make bird feeders and tasty treats to tempt our feathered friends. It will take time for the insects and birds to find the wildlife area but we hope our efforts will attract them.

We are beginning to think about sowing some seeds inside and as the School Council planned we will try and sell some of the subsequent seedlings at the gate to parents and the local community to ensure sustainability.