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Schools out for hibernating hedgehogs

Schools out for hibernating hedgehogs

Schoolchildren from Kings Hill escaped from the classroom to create hibernation habitats for hedgehogs and winter quarters for lizards and slow worms.

Pupils from the new Valley Invicta Primary School helped build wildlife havens in the Nature Conservation Area on the development. They heaped woodland debris into mounds for hedgehogs to hibernate in and made stone-lined hollows for lizards and slow worms to find insects as food and bask on warmer days.

They also had an opportunity to explore the World War II pillbox in the conservation area which provides a home for animals and insects.

The event was organised by Susan Davies, Kings Hill estate manager, and Sarah Bone, Valley Invicta’s headteacher. The children were helped by Kings Hill’s ecologist Susan Deakin and staff from landscapers Coblands.

“Many of the children are fairly new to Kings Hill and so it was lovely to be able to show them parts of the development they may not have seen before and for them to learn more about the habitats on their doorstep,” said Susan, who also set them an I-spy challenge.

“They worked really hard and the habitats they have created will be so important for the wildlife. They enjoyed seeing the fruits of their labour and I hope they will continue to visit the site to see how things are going.”

Valley Invicta is the third school at Kings Hill and opened in September with 50 children spread through reception and years one to four.

Headteacher Sarah Bone said: “Our aim is to enrich the curriculum by learning outside the classroom. It has been a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn more about nature and appreciate the environment they live in as well as seeing how they can help animals and insects.”

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