On the 19th March Pierrepont’s Saturday Club met up to explore the life of Amphibians. With the frisky frogs finally starting to spawn, marking the first signs of spring, it was a great opportunity to look into the lifecycle of this amazing group of animals.
Closer look at Frog spawn
Looking at Frog spawn up close with the USB camera
We had a lifecycle relay race to help the group remember the important changes Frogs go through during their lives, changing from tadpoles to adult Frogs. The children used a camera to look at Frog spawn up close, drew pictures in their notebooks and we watched a short video about the nearly extinct Panamanian Golden Frog. This initiated a discussion about the problems facing Amphibians all over the world such as habitat loss, climate change and disease, including the deadly Chytrid Fungus.
To do our bit for Britain’s own amphibians, we built two ‘Toad Hall’ houses in the farm’s woodland to provide a habitat for Pierrepont’s residents.
The first session of Pierrepont’s new Saturday Safari Club took place last weekend. The theme was ‘birds through the winter’ and we spent the two hours discussing the strategies birds use to survive the winter weather. We tried to race a migrating Swallow, made bird feeders and hung them up in the woodland, and looked at the structure of feathers under the microscope. Each of the participants received their own notebooks and have already been busy making notes and drawing pictures to record the things we do each month.
A close up picture of a Pheasant’s flight feather.
The club has been very popular so I have decided to run an afternoon session as well. We will run the same programme of activities as the morning session on the same days but at 1:30 – 3:30pm. Due to the large number of children I already had on a waiting list, I only have two places available for the afternoon session. If you have a budding young naturalist who may be interested in joining this new venture please contact Annika Rees, Pierrepont’s Education Officer. The next Saturday Safari Club will take place on the 19th March.
Unfortunately, due to lack of numbers we have decided to postpone the launch of Pierrepont’s Saturday Safari Club this weekend. We now intend on launching the club on, what was due to be the second session, the 20th February 2016. Please see revised information below.
Booking essential. All children must be accompanied by an adult and wellies and appropriate outdoor clothing is recommended.