Posted: Tuesday 9th June 2015 by 30DaysWild2015

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An Enjoyable Day's Work at Trust Headquarters

An Enjoyable Day's Work at Trust Headquarters

A second blog this evening to catch me up to date again!

Back to Lower Smite Farm again today.  I'd been asked to cover a day's teaching. With 35 years experience of teaching 11 - 18 year olds I was rather uncertain of how to approach a group of 5 year olds.

Caddis FlyI need not have been concerned; a day of pond dipping and mini-beast hunting in the woodland and woodland edge with 27 enthusiastic youngsters was an absolute pleasure.  The children dipped carefully in the pond and took great delight in the strange creatures they found: waterboatman and water scorpions, mayflies and damselflies and Caddis flies and the dramatic great diving beetle larvae.  In the afternoon they searched the woodland and were so excited by the simplest of animals, carefully handling slugs and worms, marvelling at coloured beetles, excited by flies, keen to find caterpillars on leaves.  Well behaved all day, the magic of the natural world had kept their attention from the time they arrived until they moment left.

I so hope that these youngsters can keep their excitement in the natural world; the natural world is depending on it!

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