The wildlife team at school have been working really hard giving up their lunchtimes in order to create a home for the mini critters living in our school grounds. We are hoping to attract all sorts of wildlife including ladybirds, beetles, slugs, snails and… spiders (sorry Mrs Capper).
These insects will not only be interesting to look at but will hopefully also attract other wildlife such as birds and hedgehogs. A slug makes a tasty meal for a hedgehog and the smaller insects will be perfect for birds feeding their chicks in the spring months.
One pupil also used guidance from his ‘RSPB Birds’ magazine to create a habitat for earwigs. This plant pot contains straw and sugared water which will be a lovely sweet treat for earwigs (We must say a big thank you to Stella our cook for the sugared water. If you were wondering what it was for then now you know!)
Thank you to our school caretaker Mr Campbell who has built us a wooden container which holds plenty of soil to sit on top of the hotel. During a visit to B&Q I was able to pick up some dead turf in the sale. Me and Mrs Capper put the turf on top of the soil, drowned it in water and after a few rainy days in the school holidays the turf has come back to life! We have also planted some nasturtium seeds in the soil. These attract plenty of caterpillars, a perfect food source for birds and their chicks.
Well done to all of the children who have helped to build the minibeast hotel and the children who have taken photographs along the way. We are almost done, just need to decide on a name for our masterpiece. Watch this space!