Sometimes a week goes so fast, you can’t quite believe that so much has happened…. this week has been one of those and it is nice today to sit in my office, watching my birds and thinking about the next projects that are on the horizon!
As many will already know, education lies at the heart of what I do and being a primary teacher, passing on my enthusiasm and love of the natural world is what I am all about. It is not just children I love working with, but adults as well and I strongly believe that children are just as interested as they have always been, but the environment that they are growing up in often means they do not have the opportunities to engage with the natural world that many of us did. In fact, many of the parents I meet did not either… but that does not mean they are not interested; show them simple ways to attract and engage with wildlife, without having to be an expert, and they are soon captivated.
This week, I had arranged for Steve and Debbie from S&D Falconry to bring their barn owls into school. As part of their Year 3 topic, the children are looking at Living Things and learning about animals in their environment. Wherever possible, I feel it is important that children experience nature first-hand. Yes, we had looked at pictures and amazing videos of barn owls…. but nothing is as fantastic as seeing them for real. I have worked with Steve and Debbie before and , although I run the session, it is very special to have such a wonderful barn owl as Mollie in the classroom! Raised in the house , she thinks she is a human, is incredible calm and tame and this gives the pupils a chance to get up close and personal. It is something that many of them will never forget!
You can see a blog post on our school website HERE, but I wanted to include a couple of pictures from the day here. We had a great time and I just hope some of these pupils will be lucky enough to see a barn owl in the wild one day. Thanks to all the conservation work that is going on, I feel confident that this is now likely.
My Wildlife Club were also busy…. they had a go at building their own nest. We were surprised how hard it was and will appreciate what our birds manage to do all the more now! You can read more about it HERE on our blog.
After school, I then drove down to London to stay with a friend, so I could attend the EcoBuild Show at the ExCel Arena on Wednesday. I had been asked if I would do a talk on the Biodiversity Pavilion. This show was not one I had been to before and was full of all sorts of interesting eco solutions for building. The Biodiversity area gave me the chance to meet up with some people I already knew and to make a few more contacts too! There were some great speakers and I really enjoyed it. Hopefully all those who stopped to listen to my talk enjoyed it and are new visitors now to my website!