Wildlife watchers from Rhos Street primary school in Ruthin are ploughing their efforts into protecting and enhancing a countryside haven – a stonesthrow away from their brand new school.
Denbighshire Countryside Service manages a piece of land near the Glasdir estate in Ruthin for wildlife interest and in particular for two priority species- the otter and the water vole - two of the UK’s fastest declining mammals.
Although access to the site is restricted, the Council recognised an opportunity for the new school which is adjacent to the site to use this wonderful resource as an outdoor classroom.
Rhos Street pupils became the first group to visit Glasdir for a tour of the site and to plant some trees and wildflower plugs.
Youngsters will also be responsible for monitoring wildlife at the location with Go Pro cameras and other technology and a hide has been built to help with this.
Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment said: “Protecting the environment is a key priority for the Council and we are delighted to have pupils from Rhos Street already on board to help us with our environmental efforts at the Glasdir site. They will help us through keeping an eye on the site and reporting what they see. Whilst we are yet to spot an otter on site – imagine the discovery it would be if the children caught one on camera !”
Joanne Davies, Eco School Co-Ordinator for Rhos Street said: “Over a number of years strong links have been established with Denbighshire’s Countryside Service via the Eco Schools Initiative and this will be the start of a structured partnership and where the children will have the opportunity to be part of biodiversity and sustainability initiatives in a wonderful natural environment”.
Rhos Street pupils will move into their brand new school when it opens on the Glasdir site in April. Pupils from Ysgol Pen Barras will also move into their new purpose built, modern school building. The schools are being funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through the 21st Century Schools and Education programme and reflects the commitment to investing in facilities for children and young people across the county.
Posted on Thursday 8th February 2018