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Pupils at Arnett Hills JMI School in Rickmansworth build wildlife habitat
Rickmansworth pupils have built Hertfordshire’s first interactive Bug Storeys Habitat, creating a new home for wildlife.
More than 300 children from Arnett Hills Junior Mixed and Infant School, in Berry Lane, created the habitat, which looks to promote conservation, education and wildlife.
The Bug Storeys Habitat was installed yesterday and, together with Bug Rangers, Michelle and Luke, the children went hunting for bugs to start populating the various sections.
From bees to butterflies, newts to hedgehogs and lots in between, habitat will enable teachers, parents and pupils at the school to work together as a community to put pollinators, natural pesticides and species which have been declining back into their environment, on their school grounds.
Head teacher, Traci Ali, said: "So many of the children are fascinated by mini-beasts and the Bug Storeys Habitat is an ideal way to literally bring alive part of the science curriculum and observe and understand the importance of the tiniest creatures in the grand scheme of things, together with life cycles, food chains and classification.
"Bug Storeys will provide the children with an accessible way of understanding the significant role mini-beasts play in terms of ecology, environment and our planet’s future. We can’t wait to get started."
Hertfordshire County Council’s deputy director of education, Justin Donovan, joined pupils at the school on Tuesday.
Mr Donovan said: "It’s wonderful to see an entire school community come together in support of the great outdoors.
"It’s so important for young people in Hertfordshire to build and develop an interest in the natural world on their very doorstep."
Bug Storeys founder, Sandra Thompson, said: "We're delighted that this is the first of many Bug Storeys in the county. We’re really proud of the teaching resources schools receive as part of this experience.
"They enable teachers to build on the work we start. We look forward to the children helping some of the large conservation charities with the information they will provide about insect populations."
The Bug Storeys team will return in three months to see how the wildlife residents have settled in.
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