Bug hotels and bird houses help King’s Ely Acremont youngsters gain RSPB Wildlife Challenge awards

Pupils at King's Ely Acremont have been taking part in the RSPB’s Wildlife Challenge scheme.

Pupils at King's Ely Acremont have been taking part in the RSPB’s Wildlife Challenge scheme. - Credit: Archant

Youngsters at King’s Ely Acremont have been rewarded for their efforts in helping local wildlife.

Pupils at King's Ely Acremont have been taking part in the RSPB’s Wildlife Challenge scheme.

Pupils at King's Ely Acremont have been taking part in the RSPB’s Wildlife Challenge scheme. - Credit: Archant

The school has its own Wildlife in Action group and the school’s Year 1 pupils have been taking part in the RSPB’s Wildlife Challenge scheme, which encourages schools and parents to get children closer to nature.

The pupils monitored and recorded different birds, mammals, insects and plants in the school’s gardens, as well as building bug hotels and bird houses to help out a variety of different species during the winter months.

The initiative also encouraged the children to think of ways to save electricity, and they wrote to their local MP, Lucy Frazer, to tell her about the exciting things they had done.

By successfully completing all of the challenges, each child has won either a Bronze or Silver Wildlife Challenge Award, complete with stickers and badges.

Year 1 Teacher at KEA, Natasha Cochrane, runs the school’s Wildlife in Action group. She said: “I am so proud to be a part of this fantastic group of children. Not only is it great fun, but a vital skill to be learning.

“We love helping the wildlife in our gardens and we hope they enjoy our company. Roll on next term and perhaps some Gold awards!”