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Lesson on Nature During SPACE Session

Monday, 08 September 2014

As part of the first SPACE session of the year, the Year 9 boys travelled down to Brookside, the 19th Bolton (Bolton School) Scout Hut. They were given a talk by RSPB representative Siobhan McGuigan and volunteer John Mills, who explained the purpose behind the activities for the afternoon.

The boys then took part in a Tree Health Survey, to help gauge the general health of trees in the area and spot pests and diseases. They recorded the height, girth, shape, leaf colour and various other details for several trees. They also had to include the species, which they identified by looking at the leaves, branches and seeds and comparing them to examples in the helpful tree guides they had been given. The boys worked in groups of three and used their Field Notebooks and data sheets to record the information.

Mr Mills said, “So many teenagers these days walk past trees without having any idea what they are, so the idea behind today was to introduce the boys to different varieties of trees and how to identify them by the leaves and other criteria, and get them thinking about the natural world around them.”

The SPACE session was a great opportunity for the boys to learn something new, as well as taking part in an interesting and unusual activity. The boys who took part will receive a badge from the RSPB for taking part.

The school is planning a fundraising drive in support of the RSPB in school in the coming weeks.

There will also be further sessions with the RSPB at Brookside for boys in Years 7 and 8 later on in the year, with the focus likely to be on mini-beasts and biodiversity.

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Measuring the girth of the tree one metre from the ground

Measuring the girth of the tree one metre from the ground

One of the groups consulting their Field Notebook

One of the groups consulting their Field Notebook

Mr Mills gives the boys some tips

Mr Mills gives the boys some tips