The students in Wildlife club continue to work hard on projects. The students broke up into groups to research 5 animals. They then put together a Power Point, which was then edited into one big Power Point presentation. This was presented by them at a Lower School assembly. Wildlife members shared information to help the other students understand how wild animals have had to adjust to live alongside humans. Everyone realized that animals have a right to live in our gardens, and a perfectly manicured garden is not ideal. A shared garden, with animals living underground, in trees, and in hedges is a beautiful and healthy garden. The students also pointed out that there are some animals that are not meant to be pets, including giant tortoises and macaws. All of the students left the assembly with a fresh outlook and a new understanding of how we need to be fair in sharing our earth with animals.
The students have also continued their hard work in our Fleming Garden. They have begun digging the hole for the pond. The children prepared the area and put up a little loose brick wall to hold dirt dug from the hole. This will be used later, and whatever is not used will be placed elsewhere in our garden. Next week, the children should finish the digging, and we can begin laying the sand, fleece, and liner for our pond. We will then break up for two weeks for holiday, and upon our return, we will complete the pond, fill it with water and plant some pond plants donated by Brian May, who works hard with Harper Asprey Wildlife. Our aim to to release our hedgehogs and some bats in May!
As well as all of this hard work, we have had some babies come and visit us, so that we can learn about them. We had 8 fox cubs, whose mother was killed by a car. They do not even have their eyes opened yet, but they are fat, healthy, happy, and safe. We also had two baby squirrels. They were so cute. But, we were told that soon they will not be so friendly, and they will be allowed to become wild squirrels before their release. They need to be handled at the moment, as they must be hand-fed! Thank you to Anne Brummer for all the hard work she does and for sharing these animals with us. The volunteers at Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue are our heroes!