Canning Town children enjoy bug hunting

Children from Ravenscroft Primary School got closer to nature on a bug hunt

Children from Ravenscroft Primary School got closer to nature on a bug hunt - Credit: Archant

Children from a primary school have been bug hunting as part of a new programme at an ecology park.

The pupils from Ravenscroft Primary School in Carsons Road were taking part in an exciting new habitat study programme at nearby Bow Creek Ecology Park.

Hosted by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Youth and Schools Service, the programme gave the Year 6 pupils the chance to hunt for terrestrial invertebrates as well go pond dipping to see what freshwater invertebrates live below the water.

The highlight of the day was finding lots of common grasshoppers and crickets.

Matthew Barker, a teacher at the school, said: “The children remained totally stimulated throughout the day. This was a highly interactive learning experience which the children enjoyed immensely.”

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The park is a short walk from Canning Town Station and is part of the 26 mile long, 10,000 acre Lee Valley Regional Park. It is a wildlife haven in the urban environment.

Visitors can expect to find a variety of species from newts and water scorpions to flocks of wading birds.

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