School Wildlife Area
In 2004 work began to develop an outdoor classroom. It was to be an area where the children could experience nature firsthand, through topics that are linked closely to the curriculum, such as habitats, growth etc.
With the help of a grant from Surrey County Council, local tree wardens, staff and parents, the work began. In the Autumn of 2004, a boggy wet hillside was transformed into a wildlife garden where nature could be discovered and encouraged.
The following summer under the leadership of Liz Ramsey (a local tree warden), a group of parents and children created some living willow structures. The children suggested a willow spider, so with the help of Nick Mahoney, a local resident, the spider and other structures were planted.
Since then we have had a committed team of volunteers and their families, headed up by Liz, that meet four times a year to maintain and develop the area.
The diverse habitats, which include: bird and bat boxes, log piles, hedgerows, trees & shrubs, a compost bin and a bog garden, have encouraged a range of birds & mini beasts, but also rabbits, squirrels, dragonfiles & even a deer has been spotted.
We are always looking for volunteers, so if you & your family would like to get involved, look out for the flyers for our wildlife maintenance working parties throughout the year and come and join us.
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