by Matt Parkins
Bravely tackling the gusty spring showers, a group of 24 children from Dunsford Primary School took part in two days of woodland adventures at Fingle Woods. Fully kitted out with waterproofs the children’s enthusiasm wasn’t dampened as they got involved in a whole range of exciting learning activities. Listening to birds, searching for wildflowers and mini beasts, identifying trees and hunting for nutshells left by dormice, the children studied different habitats around the woods.
They compared the biodiversity in a stand of beech, an oak wood and a douglas fir plantation while pretending to be fallow deer or dormice. During the worst of the showers the children took cover in the emergency tarpaulin shelter then resumed the fun with some games, den building, decorating a fairy queen’s throne and building a big bird nest inspired by a real blackbird’s nest discovered in a brash pile.
To keep everybody warm, the campfire was used to cook scones on a stick. With a bit of clotted cream and jam Devon’s favourite snack was served … woodland style!
The two-day programme was designed to enhance the children’s senses and will result in the school earning a Green Tree Award from the Woodland Trust.