06/12/2013 by sleach860
An intrepid band of MCMA’s geography students got to experience nature first-hand late in the autumn term.
MCMA took advantage of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s Free School Visits Scheme and took a party of pupils, selected by the geography department for putting extra effort into their lessons, to the WWT’s reserve at Martin Mere.
After a welcome by Learning Manager Chris Whitehead, the visit started with a geography lesson, as the year 7s looked at the extraordinary migration of almost 2000 Whooper Swans, who fly from Iceland to Martin Mere every winter.
The pupils them investigated the biometric identification of the swans and carried out a simulation activity on each other; measuring wingspan and making their own tag with a unique code.
Following lunch, the pupils took a tour of the Wildfowl Gardens and got to hand feed some of the almost 100 species of rare and endangered ducks, geese, swans and flamingos which live at the reserve. An added treat was the chance to see the reserve’s Asian Otters at play.
At the end of the visit the group was able to look out onto the marshes at hundreds of geese and swans as they began to descend from the air, in what was truly a memorable spectacle.
Asked to sum up his thoughts on the visit in one word, Year 7 Romero stated simply “awesome”.
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