Our new Leamington Spa branch were able to help a Coventry primary school build a grand bug hotel and learn about the outdoors with the help of TV wildlife expert Nick Baker.
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Coventry had a chance to learn all about marvellous minibeasts and build a bug hotel with Nick as part of a special day organised by The Wildlife Trusts to highlight the important of outdoor learning.
Despite not officially being open yet, MKM Building Supplies, Juno Drive, Leamington, supported the project by delivering wooden pallets ahead of the big day so the children could create ‘Hotel Bugtopia’.
Nick chose the title for the six-storey minibeast mansion after it was put forward by Year 6 pupil Keelan Aze when pupils were invited to submit ideas for naming it.
During Nick’s visit every class at St Anne’s had a chance to get outside for a nature session with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s education team – with other themes for the day including hibernating hedgehogs and learning about food chains.
Nick, who is The Wildlife Trusts’ forest school ambassador said “This is the most deluxe bug hotel I’ve ever seen! It’s been a really good diverse day and for me the take away from this is that I just see kids enjoying themselves – you don’t ever see a grumpy child outside, that’s the magic of this whole thing. In our hearts we know it’s good – it’s not just good for the kids, it’s good for the teachers as well, and part of The Wildlife Trust’s message is ‘just get out there’.”
Brothers David and Paul Warren, branch directors at MKM Building Supplies Leamington Spa, stepped in to deliver the pallets following a request for help with materials for the project from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
David said: “We were only too pleased to help as we hope to be a real part of the local community in Coventry and Warwickshire.”
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