Investigate invertebrates more closely
Schoolchildren and community groups are being urged to try out a shopping trolley with a difference as part of a project that aims to get people more in touch with nature.
As part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership’s (AONB) new Cold-blooded and Spineless project, which has been made possible thanks to a £500k grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, schools can loan a trolley which is complete with everything an amateur bug hunter could need.
Become an amateur naturalist
Inside the seemingly unassuming trolley there is a host of equipment for the amateur naturalist including a river-dipping kit, magnifying glasses, sweep nets, field guides and art equipment.
The AONB Partnership’s Samantha Tranter, Project Co-ordinator, said: “The trolley has everything you need to hunt, identify, discover and record little creatures in your garden, under stones, in ponds and lurking in the undergrowth. It’s handy for taking out into any location to help children learn about invertebrates with resources for adults to run fun, educational activity sessions.”
From baking to bugs
The trolley got its first outing at Frosterley Primary School when a group of children had their first Bug Club meeting. Led by Mary Crosby, who is a cook at the school, the children got to grips with the invertebrates that make their home in the school grounds.
Sam said: “We discovered spiders, bees, ants, slugs and a variety of flies in the hedgerows surrounding the school playing field. Mary used to run cookery club but was so taken with naturalist Nick Baker, who is a patron of Cold-blooded and Spineless, that she decided to swap baking for bugs.”
The children at Frosterley Primary School are in the process of making a wormery and will be planting wild flower seeds to encourage nectar-loving insects.
The trolley is free to loan for up to two weeks, just call the North Pennines AONB Partnership office on 01388 528801 or email Danielle@northpenninesaonb.org.uk
Released: 01 July 2015