We are so fortunate to have ‘Ely Wildspace’ on our doorstep. The area is such a valuable habitat to an abundance of different species, so much so, that most of it has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England.

On June 15th, our Year 3 King’s Ely Junior pupils and staff pottered down to the beauty spot to meet some of the volunteers who help to look after it, and to carry out some scientific investigations with them.

Our budding conservationists were shown how to carry out many different activities, including ‘field sweeping’, ‘tree shaking’, and ‘tree identification’.

They spotted some wonderful creatures, including blister beetles, cucumber spiders, wrens, and a beautiful speckled wood butterfly!

Our Year 3 Teachers, Mrs Cullum and Mrs Staward, said: “We cannot thank the volunteers from Ely Wildspace enough. They shared their expert knowledge with us all morning, and we all had such a brilliant time.”

Ely Wildspace includes Roswell Pits and areas all along the River Great Ouse. For more information, visit: www.elywildspace.org.uk

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