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Tuesday 21 September 2004
21 September 2004
Peak youngsters help celebrate "Green Day"
Pupils from five Peak District schools celebrated European national parks' Green Day (15 September) with a field-trip to one of Derbyshire's top wildlife reserves.
The Peak District National Park Authority and English Nature got together to host the day - a Europe-wide celebration of special conservation areas - in Cressbrook Dale, near Bakewell, one of the best dales in the country for wildlife diversity.
Youngsters from Litton, Longstone, Eyam, Stoney Middleton and Curbar junior schools were invited because of their links with the Peak District National Park's Vision Project, which involves local communities in wildlife enhancement schemes.
The aim of the event was to promote awareness of biodiversity in the children's local area. Ecology experts encouraged the pupils to look at different wildlife habitats, discover how limestone was formed and look for fossils.
Cressbrook Dale, a designated national nature reserve, is home to some of the rarest wild flowers, including Jacob's ladder and leadwort - one of the few plants that can thrive on the old lead mining spoil heaps around the dalesides.
flowers are not plentiful at this time of year, the children could spot the variety of species by their
different leaves in the unspoiled grassland.
They also looked for signs of the dale's vast variety of creatures including butterflies, glow worms, badger, bats, birds and newts.
Finally they studied a tree in detail and, at the top of the dale, drew pictures of the stunning views and habitats contained within it.
National Park Authority conservation awareness officer Louise Valantine said: "The children seemed to get a lot out of the activities - they were very enthusiastic and it was a great chance for them to learn about the outdoors in their area."