Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Living Landscapes... exploring the Chew Valley with Bishop Sutton Primary School

Walking through a ploughed field
 Our 'Living Landscapes' project involves working with Bishop Sutton Primary School. The project aims to get the school thinking about how humans influence the environment and use the local landscape. 

A semi improved field

 The school is located in a beautiful part of the Chew Valley with great wildlife right on their doorstep! So last month we explored the local landscape and walked  from the school to Folly Farm.

The journey took us through a range of environments, such as Burledge Hill, a protected  Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI), through 'improved' and 'semi improved' grass fields, orchards, ancient walkways,  alongside waterways, dried ponds and even a ravine!


Pond dipping

 We also explored micro habitats and saw birds eggs in a nest tucked away in a wall and learnt about the importance of layed hedges to wildlife. After a few miles we arrived at our destination: Folly Farm and took a walk, some of us ran, though the fields past the 'owl corridors'. We had time to do some pond dipping too!

Our next visit to the school involved a trip to the brilliant Community Farm in Chew Magna.

Lots to learn from Head grower Andy
Growing onions

Head Grower Andy taught us about organic farming and how it compares to conventional farming,  the importance of soil and wildlife on the farm. The children also got a chance to put their green fingers to work and planted onions and spinach.
Visit the Community Farm website and see some photos of the day click here

Got a taste for growing some veg? Visit our  WILD SCHOOLS website for free resources on how to grow and conserve an edible garden click here 
Growing spinach
More updates to follow about our Living Landscapes project on our blog!
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