Children from Sidmouth Primary School took part in Countryside activities during the annual Science Week Festival

Buzzards, bugs, toads and fish make for a lively annual event

East Devon District Council’s Countryside Team were involved in running activities for more than 500 Sidmouth Primary schoolchildren during their annual Science Week recently.

The council’s education rangers helped the children from nursery to year 6, explore their local green space at The Byes and they had great fun discovering creatures living in the varied habitats of the site from eels and fish in the river to the wide variety of mini-beasts found living around the meadow. Some groups also investigated how fast the river was flowing by timing pine cones floating along a measured stretch of the water.

Youngsters from Newton Poppleford school enjoyed similar activities during the week, taking part in stream dipping. They found three species of fish in the River Otter and  spotted buzzards, toads and many different mini-beasts around the fields as they bug-hunted.

The children learnt how different creatures fit into the food chain and adapt to suit its habitat. Jon Ball, one of the festival organisers, said:

On behalf of the Sidmouth Science festival committee, I would like to thank the East Devon District Council Countryside Rangers for their contribution to the Science Festival schools program over the past three years. The number of children attending has increased and more schools have been asking about the event.

The rangers are excellent, they obviously enjoy the activities and are able pass on their enthusiasm to the children. We hope to be able to do a similar programme in 2017 with the Countryside team.