Young naturalists pass on wildlife secrets

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Thursday 23 November 2006

23 November 2006

Young naturalists pass on wildlife secrets

Water shrews, dragonflies, marsh orchids and riverside willows – all have become second nature to pupils from Stoney Middleton Primary School.

Over the past four years the children have studied their local wildlife habitats through the Peak District National Park’s Vision for Wildlife Project, and now they are developing a series of information panels to pass on their knowledge of the nearby marshes beside Stoke Brook, an offshoot of the River Derwent.

National Park conservationists and local naturalists helped the children research this important wetland site, and the resulting panels will inform the public about the area’s special plants, animals and insects.

National Park conservation awareness officer Louise Valantine said: “I’ve been paying regular visits to Stoney Middleton School over the past four years to teach them more about their local wildlife, including fungal forays at Coombs Dale, pond-dipping near Hilltop Farm and several trips to the Marshes.

“They have also helped restore Dobbin hay-meadow and conserve a woodland at Bath Gardens. I’m delighted that they’ll be making a real contribution to wildlife awareness in the National Park by creating these information panels explaining the water shrews, dragonflies, marsh orchids and willows to the general public.”

The panels will be installed next year.

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