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All About Nature - Andy Bailey Apprenticeship Group

All about Nature

Andy Bailey from Natural England has been into school to work with a group of children from Saddle Tor as part of our Apprenticeship Scheme. The children have been working with him to try to improve our outside area down on the school field. The children spent the first session with Andy looking at the field and what uses it has at the moment, back in school they discussed what they would like to see happening down there. It was agreed, after much discussion, that they would like some seating and to develop the area to encourage some more wildlife. The children have learnt what species of trees and plants are on the school field and have seen first hand the wildlife that lives there already.


On the 13th February 2015, the children were invited to take part in a morning held at Bovey Valley Woods where they learnt all about dormice and their habitat. They watched some trees being cut up into planks of wood, one of which will form part of our seating area on the field. They had a go at sawing logs the old fashioned way using their own power.


The apprenticeship scheme will conclude with our seating being put into place down on the field. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their time with Andy Bailey and have learned lots of new things about their environment. They were also very enthused to revisit Bovey Valley Woods in the spring to see the changes that are taking place as they work to provide a better habitat for the dormice.

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