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Getting back to nature at Branton

RSPB outreach education officer jacqui Morgan with a nesting box and Branton First School pupils Alex Whitfield, George Nelson, Seany McArdle and Maisi Cowens.

RSPB outreach education officer jacqui Morgan with a nesting box and Branton First School pupils Alex Whitfield, George Nelson, Seany McArdle and Maisi Cowens.

Youngsters are getting back to nature thanks to a donation.

Pupils at Branton First School had been given four bird boxes to attract wildlife.

The boxes have been donated by Cemex and will be put in place at the school’s area of an adjoining nature reserve.

The reserve has been created by Cemex out of a former quarry.

And the school has its own area of the nature reserve.

Pupils have a ‘dipping pond’ and nature reserve which is accessed by a bridge spanning the pond.

Walkways are cut around the pond area so children can view the insects and birdlife.

The reserve was originally a pile of sand and gravel but now consists of 29 hectares of diverse habitat for many species of birds, plants and other wildlife and is a valuable resource for the local community.

It has also provided flood alleviation to the nearby village of Powburn with lakes providing additional capacity.

 

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