On Thursday 20th June the whole school took part in our final survey this year for 'What's Under Your Feet?'.
Proving that every cloud has a silver lining, the rain that forced cancellation of Sports Day meant that there were more worms and other invertebrates around. Some of them were absolute monsters. Some other interesting creatures too. Compare this with June last year
, when everything was bone dry.
Well done to all the children for their enthusiasm, we're real experts at this now!
This is REAL science. The BTO recently presented results of the research since 2015 at Earthwatch's Young Nature UK event.
The campaign is promoted by Jointhepod.org
working with The British Trust for Ornithology
Research by the BTO has shown declining numbers of many kinds of birds, which may be caused in part by a reduction in the amount of food available. In particular, the BTO want to know about numbers of soil invertebrates which many birds feed on.
By recruiting schools across the country to take part in the project, they are collecting a mass of data to analyse.
Once again groups of children from all year groups dug up 30cm squares of turf from the school field, the area by the school garden, and the green space next to school.
The children counted the number and size of worms and any other creatures that they discovered.