Wildlife Award for Surrey School Children

Tuesday 12th July 2016

Wildlife award for Surrey school children

A wildlife project in Staines has earned young nature lovers a special ‘John Muir Award’ for their work to help their local environment.

The children had fun pond dipping, learning about habitats, hunting for mini-beasts...

A group of 30 children from Ashford Park Primary have worked towards the accolade over several months at Church Lammas Lakes in Wraysbury Road.

With the help of Surrey Wildlife Trust and Spelthorne Borough Council, the children covered all four aspects of the award – Discover a wild place; Explore it; Conserve it and Share it.

“The children had fun pond dipping, learning about habitats, hunting for mini-beasts and learning how to light fires and use tools safely,” said Laura Ashfield, Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Outdoor Learning Officer.

“They built homes for reptiles and picked up litter, made natural art and learned about explorers, before sharing all their new knowledge and skills.”

The idea behind the John Muir Award is to get children outdoors and closer to nature, to learn about wildlife, get involved and take action to help the environment, then pass on their knowledge to others.

The children hosted a ‘show and tell’ day at the lakes to showcase what they had learned to their parents, teachers and representatives from landowners Brett and site managers Spelthorne District Council.

“Everyone roasted marshmallows, had a go at mini-beasting and pond dipping and looked at what the children had made,” added Laura. “The children hosted the whole day and acted like very informative tour guides and it was a resounding success.” 

Steve Price, Countryside and Commons Officer for Spelthorne Borough Council, added: “I had a great time with the kids – it was so nice to spend some time on site and see first-hand how engaged they are getting with the local environment.” 

For more details about the environmental award please visit:  www.johnmuirtrust.org/john-muir-award.

Tagged with: Living Landscapes, Outdoor learning