Hazel buds are alternate, they are found arranged in turn on opposite sides of the stem, which I have tried to show in the photo. You have probably all noticed the Hazel catkins while you are out and about. Did you know that the catkin is the male flower and it is this that releasesContinue reading “Focus on Buds”
Here are some tree identification tips to help you begin to notice features of and identify trees; little things you can look out for when you are out and about. The bud at the tip of a twig is called a terminal bud and at the side of the twig, it is a lateral bud.Continue reading “Focus on Buds”
Yesterday was our second Dragonflies and other woodland bugs session. The sun actually shone for us and although it was quite cool we did actually see a Dragonfly. We saw loads of woodland bugs. We found solitary bees, moths, spiders, crickets, grasshoppers and much much more. The children were amazing, such intrepid explorers! They becameContinue reading “Dragonflies and other Woodland Bugs”
This week we have been back in nature with real children and their parents! It has been an honour. These children are amazing. They are so excited by all the animals and plants, brilliant at observing and have a wealth of knowledge already. These are nature’s future caretakers in the the making.
On Sunday I had a wonderful day at Wood Farm doing a Pond Dipping Course with HNCF. So good to be doing learning in nature again. I learned so much about all those tiny creatures. Below you will see Water Boatmen, Caddisfly larvae, Freshwater Shrimp, a Dragonfly skin, as they shed these regularly, a WaterContinue reading “Pond Dipping”
Hi all, I have been thinking about singing nettles this week. Did you know that they are significant food plants for wildlife: they support up to 40 different species of insect including the caterpillars of the Tortoiseshell, Comma and Peacock butterflies. Aphids love them too so do the ladybirds which eat the aphids. Seed eatingContinue reading “Nettles”
Hi all, Happy Earth Day. I found this clip and hope it inspires you to mark the day somehow. There are lots of ideas how we can celebrate at home, on the NASA website and on line. Do share what you and your children have done, I’m sure there will be loads of fab thingsContinue reading “Earth Day 22nd April 2020”