Bat detectors, microscopes, bird boxes with cameras, fishing nets, binoculars – and even an underwater camera for photographing fish – are among the new items of equipment we have been able to buy, thanks to two grants.
The first group of school children to come to Springhead this year recently enjoyed identifying water fowl on the lake using the new binoculars. They were a little early to see week’s new babies – the goslings and ducklings – but school groups throughout May will be able to enjoy a closer look at these new arrivals.
Children have also had fun collecting mini-beasts in bug pots, and looking at them under the microscope. Activities planned over the spring and summer include evening walks when children will be able to listen to bats, and exploring the chalk stream with fishing nets.
The Springhead Trust is extremely grateful to the John Spedan Lewis Foundation and the William Dean Countryside and Educational Trust for funding our new equipment.