Students from Years 7 and 8 recently visited a conservation area on Fylingdales Moor on two science field trips. Both years are currently working on environmental topics in their science lessons, and the aim of the trips was to study the moorland habitat, the plants and animals found on the moors and the relationships between them. Tanya Eyre, who works for the Hawk and Owl Trust, lead us on the Jugger Howe nature trail walk along the ridge, where we studied a typical moorland habitat, and down into the valley bottom, where the habitat changed to more boggy moorland. The Hawk and Owl trust works to conserve Fylingdales Moor and also to encourage a wide range of wildlife, including prey for the birds of prey which they are particularly interested in, such as merlins, harriers and kestrels. The students were lucky enough to see a wide range of birds and also to find lizards, and they undertook a minibeast survey by the beck in the valley bottom, which revealed a wide range of invertebrate life. Both groups thoroughly enjoyed the trips and learnt a lot. Many thanks to Tanya for showing us this amazing habitat and sharing her expertise, to Mr Squirrel, Mrs Griffin and Mrs Venus for accompanying us.
I really enjoyed learning about the Sundew flower trapping the midges – Holly (Yr 7)
If you find an adder, don’t surround it, because it might not be a pleasant experience! – Connor (Yr 8)
I loved taking a closer look at the lizard – Silas (Yr 7)
It was interesting learning about the lizards and snakes – George (Yr 7)