West Norfolk schools enjoy links with Springwatch host site
Pupils at two West Norfolk primary schools are likely to be watching particularly closely when the new series of the BBC's Springwatch begins this evening.
The hit show is being broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill reserve at Snettisham over the coming weeks.
And that is sure to grab the attention of youngsters from both Snettisham Primary School and the Heacham Infant and Junior Schools because of their links with the site.
The schools have teamed up with the estate for a community project, associated with its Rewilding programme, which will continue throughout the year.
Executive headteacher Louise Jackson said: “We started in the spring term when we collaborated with families and Nick Padwick, manager of the Ken Hill estate, through Zoom presentations to learn about the size of the project and the animals being re-introduced there.
“Pupils in Key Stage 2 at Snettisham will be taking a tour of the rewilding site and one of our classes has already made a visit and were lucky enough to see a pair of red kites.
"We are also delighted that White Tailed Eagles will be reintroduced to our area.”
The tour was led by Micaheala Dartford who also visited Heacham Infants to help younger children enjoy Forest School sessions and to explore micro-habitats on the school site.
“Everyone also enjoyed a fire with roasted marshmallows,” added Mrs Jackson.
The BBC Springwatch team will be live at Ken Hill from Tuesday to Friday nights for three weeks until June 11.