Working with local schools

It has been a busy month working with the new MTMTE team and helping them become more familiar with the fantastic range of projects that make up the scheme.

In between I have been working with Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School and Moretonhampstead Primary School developing links between the schools and the National Nature Reserve at East Dartmoor.

These visits have helped the children explore the natural world both on their doorstep and out at the reserve.

On the 29th January I worked with Moretonhampstead taking part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch. I went into the school and helped them survey their school grounds and introduced them to basic bird id techniques. The day was also an opportunity to discuss the Moorland Birds project which is part of MTMTE.

The children had a great time, although it did become increasingly wintery as the day progressed. Roll on the spring and birdwatching in the sunshine!

As part of the Woodland Trust’s work with MTMTE there will be a Woodcraft Activity Day for schools on Friday 13th February and a public open day on the 14th. Chudleigh Knighton and Widecombe Primary schools are booked in and will investigate woodland management past and present- watching a mobile saw mill processing felled timber and working with Running Deer to look at traditional greenwoodcrafts such as polelathing and hurdle making. Chudleigh Knighton will be able to see timber being planked which will become a seat in their school grounds where they do their forest school sessions

For more information contact Andy Bailey abailey@dartmoor.gov.uk

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