St Thomas's reception class came to the Hazelhut today to learn about insects and mini beasts. We were lucky to have sunshine almost all day!
In the vegetable garden we found black and green aphids on some of our plants, we could also see bigger insects which feed off them. Ottavia had read that burying banana skins under infected plants can deter aphids, so we planted the skins from our banana snacks under the fava beans.
We looked at the many different plants growing in the veg patch and some children tried peas and strawberries.
We looked at the bug hotel, which seemed to have lots of guests! We also found worms in the compost heap and a spider on the balcony.
Then we looked for bigger animals which feed on insects, like lizards - we saw 4 of them!
We listened to baby birds chirping in their nest and then looked at the birdhouse and bird bath. James had made a special box for bats to sleep in. We now know that bats are a gardener's friend because they eat lots of nasty insects like mosquitoes. Mr. Nick was given the honour of climbing the ladder and placing the bat box on our pine tree.
After all that excitement the children were very hungry and enjoyed their picnic lunch!
And a chance to play in the sunshine.
In the afternoon the children made their own insect homes and butterfly feeders for their gardens.
Just as the trip was coming to an end, the raindrops started to fall and we went inside to say goodbye. It was a wonderful trip - Thanks for coming everyone!