Five Sussex Wildlife Trust Youth Rangers aged 16-25 are restoring an overgrown pond at Thomas A Becket Junior School in Glebeside Avenue, Worthing. Pupils aged 7-11 will use it for pond dipping activities and learn all about the amazing world of underwater wildlife living right on their doorstep.
The work was part of Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Wild About Worthing project supported by a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.Project leader Tom Simpson said, ‘Invasive plants such as parrot’s feather were removed, after the pond creatures had been carefully lifted into holding tanks to be returned when the new liner was in place. The diversity of creatures found; smooth newts, frogs, hoglice and freshwater shrimps, shows that the pond has a sound ecosystem in place. Beneficial plants such as lilies, water plantain and water mint will be replanted to be used as a nursery for the eggs of dragonflies and newts.
‘The Youth Rangers worked tirelessly for four hours and stayed late to get the job done before the rain arrived right on cue to refill the pond.’
Michelle Mayes, head of the school’s Eco committee said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the Sussex Wildlife Trust Youth Rangers on Wednesday who kindly donated a liner and also their time to clear and reline our school pond. We are one of the largest junior schools in West Sussex, and our 778 children will all benefit from the fantastic work that is being undertaken.’
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