Tuesday 6th May 2014: King’s Juniors at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Students from King’s School Junior Division visited Teggs Nose Country Park to learn about our local natural and industrial heritage. Ranger Martin James and Wildlife Explorer Leader Tina Hanak lead a guided walk around the local beauty spot to take in a number of different wildlife habitats.
 
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Students used binoculars to spot birds and get a closer look at some
of the butterflies and bees.
 
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At the stream we used kick sampling techniques to look at
some of the invertebrate life in the stream.
 
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Mayfly nymphs, including stone-clingers, specially adapted for life in fast flowing streams, were in evidence as well as freshwater shrimps and caddis fly larvae.
 
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Martin played a number of birdsong samples so that we could listen out for the distinctive calls of migrants like willow warbler, swift and blackcap as well as resident species like robin and wren.
 
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The group also completed a soundmap – interpreting the soundscape
around them in pictures.

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In the afternoon we followed the Teggs Nose Rocks geology trail – uncovering facts about the industrial heritage of the site and how local history, landscape and wildlife are all shaped by the geological make-up of the area.
 
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The group explored the quarry learning about some of the machinery, the products that different grades of stone were used for and the harsh work conditions.
 
  
 
The group enjoyed a wonderful sunny visit. The highlights had to be seeing a field full of mountain pansies, green hairstreak butterflies on bilberry, pied flycatchers in the woods and a great view of a kestrel catching a mouse.
 
 
 
 
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