Fairfield Infants go wild

School children across Buxton have been going wild thanks to a great partnership known as Get Better With Nature between Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Nestlé Waters UK.

Children from Fairfield Infants Primary School have been learning all about how they can preserve water. Each class is taking part in three days of wild activities across the year which started recently with a visit to the local community allotment where they have been pond dipping and learning all about the water cycle. 

Sarah Watson, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said, “I love working with the children at Fairfield Infants. It’s so important that our littles ones learn all about the natural world and how they can help protect it. They thrive learning outdoors and discovering new things, it’s lovely to be part of that.” 

In the next sessions of the project, the children will be learning all about how wildlife will be affected if we don’t look after our wetlands. It will be brought to life by making masks about they animals they have learnt need our help and they will take part in a ‘Council for all beings’ and present their argument as to why man is harming their habitat. Animals will include crayfish, otters, water voles and kingfishers. 

Finally the classes will each take a water audit of their school. This means they will see where water is wasted and what they can do to help. They will present their findings in assembly in front of the whole school so they can encourage other children to waste less water. 

The work Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are doing with the school is funded by Nestlé Waters. Priya Hamilton, Communication Manager said, “Water is essential for life and we all need to be doing our best to protect and care for this precious resource. It’s fantastic to see the children getting involved in these exciting activities where they are learning about caring for water for ecosystems as well as for future generations. Taking part in the programme is a great way for the children to get out of the classrooms to learn about biodiversity and enjoy all the benefits nature can bring.”

Get better with Nature has been designed to promote an understanding of nature and the benefits it can have on our health and wellbeing. Working with Buxton's local businesses, schools and charities to encourage more people to make the most of interacting with nature.  

To find out more or get involved visit http://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/getbetterwithnature 

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