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Ecology and St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Lamberhurst

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St Mary’s Lamberhust Primary School have an ecological and environmental agenda that has grown and developed over recent years under the leadership of its headteacher, Caroline Bromley.  Twig have sought to support this broader syllabus, ‘volunteering’ expertise and equipment to enable students, teachers, families that engage with the school to understand and facilitate an appreciation of the ‘web of life’ of its wildlife, a microcosm of the world bestowed upon us.

In the early Autumn of 2018, Wooden ‘outer’ Bird and Bat boxes, donated to the school by Twig, were enthusiastically decorated in an array of colours and designs by the children and sealed with water-based varnish. In December, James Dickenson, senior Ecologist at Twig, and Phil Ridley, Grounds Maintenance Manager, descended to establish this ‘refugia’ in the trees and woodland areas amongst the school grounds, although not before first delivering a detailed ‘lecturette’ and responding to a myriad of eager questions from the boys and girls of final Years 5 and 6.

James spoke to the children on the various species of birds and bats, and their connectivity within the urban environment. James spoke of the design and construction of the bird and bat boxes, and the rationale for differences. Finally, James spoke of the need for sensitivity and the natural respect for privacy that our wildlife needs to thrive and sustain in the world in which we live.

As with everything, ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’, and thus some delightful feedback from the headteacher at Lamberhurst:

“I have had some super feedback from parents and children regarding the bat and bird boxes.”

Twig continues to look forward, developing its relationship with Lamberhurst Primary School, supporting understanding of the ecological environment.

Richard Hungerford
Operations Director
January 2019

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