Flowers and Fauna

Friday, June 2nd 2017

As it is half term, we ran a children’s event at Foxglove Covert. Today’s theme was Flowers and their Fauna. It was a wet start to the day but this did not deter the families who came to the event. By the time we set off the rain had stopped and we were able to get out and make the most of the day.

The children went out onto the reserve to see what could be found.  Slime Mould was investigated…

Different types of flowers were found and the children learnt about the names of different parts of them. They then learnt about insects and their role in pollinating flowers. They tried out a variety of invertebrate sampling techniques including sweep netting and shaking trees to see the variety of insects living there.

This pupa of a leaf mining moth was particularly interesting as it was possible to see the trails it had eaten through the leaves and the droppings it had left behind.

The favourite of the day was this Wasp Beetle which relies on its striking wasp-like appearance for defence.

Finally they returned to the field centre to look inside our beehive and learn about the bees to make their own model bee on a stick to take home.

Elsewhere on the reserve, Colin filled all the bird feeders in preparation for tomorrow’s bird ringing session and then continued with a bit more work edging the lawn around the field centre.

Thanks to Colin for helping out today and Jorge for his work on our Field Centre guttering. 

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