Bristol CC Outdoor Education Centre situated in the village of Parkend in The Forest of Dean

Thursday 22 May 2014

Spring Update

We're quite used to seeing the 'Forest' sheep wandering around outside the Centre and the children staying at the Centre always enjoy seeing the lambs at this time of year.
A little more unusual was a family of ducks in our car park!

Viewing wildlife in the forest is a special moment for young people and several groups in the last couple of weeks have been rewarded with seeing deer up in the forest while out walking. We also aim to make wildlife viewing accessible in a 'spring watch' type of way. As well as our bird hide we have two nest boxes near our pond with cameras in them that go to TV's in the Pond Cabin Lab.

Both our next boxes presently have blue tit chicks in them. One lucky group actually got to see a chick hatching out live. The parent bird helped pull the egg case away. Parent birds are very busy at the moment feeding their hungry chicks and students get a good view of the activity while they are in the lab as part of their stream study session.

The Bluebells in the forest are presently at their prime and groups have enjoyed walking through the woods and seeing them. You can also smell their sent filling the air. It's been a good year for Bluebells and much better than last year.



No comments:

Post a Comment