Then came the time to award the children with their John Muir Award certificates, which they had been working towards throughout their time at the club. This is a recognised environmental award scheme focussed on getting people out into wild places and working to conserve them.
Thank you to all the families who took part in the Saturday Club over the last year and helped to make it the special experience it was. We hope to see you all again at future events at Pierrepont Farm.
The Saturday Safari Club programme will begin again later this month with a new group of children (now fully booked), which will hopefully be just as successful and enjoyable as this one.
After Surrey saw some snow last week, the participants of Pierrepont’s Saturday Safari Club braved the cold weather to help some of the wild residents on the farm and in their gardens at home. We made a selection of mini bug houses and bird feeders, including some pretty teacup feeders for the more ‘fancy’ birds!
Hours of fun was had at last month’s Saturday Safari Club, as the group enthusiastically dissected some Barn Owl Pellets that had been found on the farm.
This Summer, Pierrepont was lucky enough to have a pair of Barn Owls nest and rear young in one of our barns. Once all the young Owls had fledged the pellets that they had produced were collected from underneath the nest.
As Owls swallow their prey whole, they produce pellets made up of the indigestible fur and bones of the small mammals that they have been eating. These pellets are regularly coughed up, and although they can be tricky to find, they are often found in large numbers under regular roosting or nesting sites. Dissecting these pellets can give us a good idea about the diet of these animals.
Our young naturalists enjoyed discovering the hundreds of tiny bones inside each of their pellets. They worked hard to try to identify the different animals that had made up the Owl’s dinner and some even tried organise the different types of bones, and put all the pieces of the jigsaw together to make a complete skeleton (with a little help from the grown ups, who seemed to have just as much fun!)