Finchampsteads Finest Entomologists

In June, 34 children and 6 adults from Finchampstead Primary School joined Tony, Bobbie and I at Moor Green Lakes for an educational visit. The first activity of the day, led by Assistant Ranger Bobbie and volunteer Tony, saw the children pond dipping for insects in the lake. Using trays, our junior entomologists were able to identify:

Outside of the water, I was leading the children in further bug hunting using nets to capture creepy crawlies from the meadow. With their new found love of bugs and a keen eye, the children were able to find:

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The tranquility that is Moor Green Lakes

“I just wanted to say a great big thank you to you and your team for the wonderful day you organised for us at Moor Green Lakes. The children had a whale of a time and it was fantastic to see them enjoying our natural surroundings and asking such interesting questions. Since we’ve been back at school, they have used the day as a basis for English, geography, and science lessons and it has been extremely helpful in bringing the learning to life. Next week I have an art lesson planned on drawing dragonflies and wildflowers.

Hopefully, this will be a memory that stays with them for the rest of their lives about the importance of nature and conservation work. Thank you once again to the whole team for all your hard work and the interesting information you shared with us. It was a wonderful day.” – Sarah Morris, Headteacher

From myself, many thanks to the school, teachers, parent helpers, and children for joining us. Also, a huge thank you to Bobbie and Tony for their help on the day. We hope it has inspired everyone involved to appreciate the nature all around them.

Acting Ranger Jenny

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About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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