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BURTON YOUNGSTERS GET CLOSER TO NATURE

Youngsters in Burton-on-Trent have been able to get closer to nature thanks to a series of educational sessions being run by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

The Trust has been running the educational project at Branston Leas Woods and is holding the sessions throughout 2015 as a result of its partnership with St. Modwen – the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, which is developing a mixed use scheme on land south of the village of Branston.

The last session took place at the end of June when 11 pupils from Fountains Primary School in Burton-on-Trent visited Branston Leas Woods. Their visit included a mini-beast hunt, which saw pupils discover a number of bugs, including several types of beetle.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and St. Modwen are working with The Woodland Trust and the National Forest Company to create Branston Leas Woods, which is close to the River Trent. The major project will include the planting of 20,000 trees and 14,000 bluebell bulbs and see the development of quiet grassland areas for declining bird species including lapwing and snipe.

Shaun Rimmer, Wild About Projects Officer at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, who led the sessions, said: “The sessions are proving extremely popular and are seeing children get closer to different types of nature and wildlife.

“They also help us to forge great relationships with schools across Burton-on-Trent, which is extremely important.”

Other sessions have included learning about different plants on the site and sensory activities.

Abigail Dennis, teacher at Fountains Primary School, said: “The children have really enjoyed their visit to Branston Leas. It has provided them with a worthwhile opportunity to learn about the environment by experiencing nature through a mini-beast hunt, sensory walks and planting activities.”