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Carntall Primary School, Clogher, County Tyrone

Our Biodiversity Project

We have recently received funding from the Royal Society of Science to carry out a Biodiversity project.  We will begin by carrying out a whole school Bio-Blitz at the beginning of May. This will survey the range of Biodiversity in our school grounds.

 

Our Biodiversity News

22nd Jun 2021
We have had an exciting week looking through some footage from our new wildlife cameras. ...
 
 
 
17th Jun 2021
P3 and P4 have been thinking carefully about where to locate our wildlife cameras...
 
 
 
 

What is Biodiversity?

 

P7 Investigating the Plant life and Minibeasts

Mini-beasts

The P7 class were exploring mini-beasts in our bio-Blitz project around our school grounds. The most common mini-beast they found were flea beetles and there were 153 of them. We think this is because beetles are the most numerous insects in the world and they use all types of food sources. The least common mini-beast we found were earwigs, caterpillars and larvae. We think we didn’t find many of these because they are insects that transform into other insects. We found other interesting insects like woodlice, worms, slugs, centipede, harvest mans, maggots, snails, ants and plant bugs.

Plant life

When the P7 class were investigating the plant life in our school grounds the discovered that grass covered a large percentage of the grounds. They found a variety of other plant life including daffodils, other flowers and plantain. We think the abundance of plant life may be due to the natural fertilizer produced by the many rabbits in our school grounds!

By Hannah, Luke, Kendra & Emma

Minibeasts in our School Grounds

P5 & 6 Investigating our birds and trees

On the 6th of May, P5/ and P6 went out to our school ground to see the variety of birds we have in this this area. They collected some interesting data. We have many insects and seeds here that’s why we have over 100 carrion crows! A woodpigeon’s diet consists of crops and nuts so we do not have many of these around our school. A wide range of birds live in the area including and surrounding our school, including robins, magpies, blue tits, song thrushes and house sparrows.

 

The P5 and P6 class explored and recorded trees on the 7th May. They surveyed the different types of trees in our school grounds. The most common tree they found was a hawthorn tree and the tree they found the fewest of was an elder tree. The pupils found it hard to identify the trees as some of the trees hadn’t formed their leaves yet. However, they discovered a wide selection of trees located around the school grounds including oak, cherry, birch and rowan trees. The reason the pupils looked at trees is because they are a vital part of our planet, they give us oxygen, use carbon dioxide, stabilise the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. P5 and 6 enjoyed this activity a lot.

By Georgia, Amy, Elizabeth and Isaac

 
 

P3 & 4 Investigating the school Pondlife

On the 6th of May P3 & P4 class explored our pond life. They found out about the different creatures and plants in and around our pond. They discovered a variety of creatures from tadpoles to phantom midge larva and stonefly nymph. Some of the plants they found include pond weed, water lilies and pennywort. One of their interesting finds was a smooth newt which was around 11 cm long and had an undulating crest running along the body and tail which probably means this newt is a male. The most common thing in our pond is tadpoles but we think only a few will survive to turn into frogs. P3 & P4 enjoyed this fun and educational activity and are definitely looking forward to their next Biodiversity task.

By Zara ,Charlie, Elsie & Anna