The last week of the half term, and the last part of our bird topic, has been spent pulling together all our new-found knowledge and enormous enthusiasm in a trip to the Bowling Green Marsh bird sanctuary in Topsham. The weather was kind to us; it was cold, but the sun shone and gave us some wonderful views not only of the avian inhabitants of the Exe estuary but of the marshlands and seascapes around this beautiful part of the world.
We were met in Topsham by Peter and Holly from the RSPB. They took us along the sea front to the new hide, via a couple of viewing platforms where we discussed the habitats we could see in the area. The hide itself is quite luxurious, like a colourful, comfortable heated classroom with extraordinary views over the grasslands and estuary. we saw avocets, egrets, godwits, redshanks and the beautiful teal duck. Peter and Holly taught us so much about these birds, including lots of information about migrating birds as well as UK natives.
We loved using our binoculars to observe the birds from this wonderful vantage point. We enjoyed a very scenic lunch from the hide, engaged in some light arty activity. and had a good play in the wildlife area. After this we walked along the wooden walkway, which runs alongside the railway line, all the way to Darts Farm. Here we had a quick play and spent some time in the shop before getting back on the coach and heading back to school. What a lovely day, and so informative. Thanks to Peter, Holly, and to Ione for being our excellent parent helper on the day.
This week we also inputted our data from the Big Schools Birdwatch, and discovered that the most commonly seen bird in our school grounds was the humble but lovely blue tit, closely followed by robins and wood pigeons. I must say, this has been a really enjoyable topic, and the children have learned a huge amount (as have I!)
Beth and I wish everyone a very relaxing and happy half term holiday!