Thursday 16th April 2009 by C. Freeman
A leveret (baby hare) and a green woodpecker were just two of the specimens discovered in Brooke Weston's grounds during the first meeting of the ecology club. Students from Years 7 to 11 saw the building from a completely different perspective as they toured the site. Groundsman Paul Twamley was on hand to point out the different flora and fauna like primulas, tulips and grape hyacinths. The students will look at different topics each week and the next session will be devoted to the wildfowl and their watery habitats.
Year 10 student Matthew Atkin said: 'It was excellent and very interesting as we got the chance to look around the grounds and spot animals. We named a couple of the species and learned lots of information but mainly we had a good time. I would recommend the club to anyone.'
Harpreet Bhelley from Year 11 said: 'It was nice to see the school from a different viewpoint and learn about things the groundskeepers are doing to help our environment.' Jordan Beale from Year 7 added: 'Ecology club was great I am recommending it to all my tutor group. It was really interesting.'
Teacher Miss Boyce said: 'We really enjoyed it and the views were lovely. Paul was brilliant identifying all the trees and saplings that are coming up and, as we were going round, we were thinking of lots more projects to do and things to look at.'
The ecology club meets after school on Tuesdays until 17:00. For more information contact Miss Boyce or Mr Twamley or simply turn up and join in the fun.