What a beautiful and busy day!
The sun shone, the birds were singing as if it was spring, and everyone was wrapped up warmly.
Mighty Oak joined us today and worked with a hard working team, including Moss to dismantle the large shelter – this area is now safe for everyone. The children co-operated very well and enjoyed contributing to the care of our beautiful woodland. Birch Group enjoyed the efforts of Larch Group as they were able to re-use the materials to create themselves a great new camp.
Children enjoyed birdwatching – we tried to spend an hour at the bird feeding stations watching to see which birds visited to report to the RSPB as part of the BIG Schools Birdwatch. We recorded Blackbird, Blue-tits Great-tit, Coal-tit, pigeon, crow, spotted woodpecker, robins and wren. We were also observed from the sky by several buzzards and seagulls. We also saw Fieldfare flying over and heard Goldcrest and Long Tailed Tit, but they stayed out of sight.
One group of children enjoyed a game of snowballs and there was some tree climbing.
Buzzard kindly bought bird seen and cookie cutters to make burd feeders which we will hopefully hang next week. Wren worked with a team to split enough wood to fill the wood shed.
Tawny Owl and Wren heard a couple of foxes at the far end of the wood, and Tawny Owl then spotted them trotting away silhouetted against the sky above the footpath.
A small group had another go at lighting the Kelly Kettle fires but seemed to have forgotten all about the requirements of successful fire lighting, so it was decided to have a session next week devoted to fire lighting.
Birch Group began the afternoon with a Silent Spot session which calmed everyone and allowed us to reach a place ready for woodland learning. Larch Group have asked to have a Silent Spot session next week as we seem to have been so busy that we haven’t managed it recently.