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Schoolchildren go wild for learning

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STUDENTS from ten Island primary schools took part in a workshop on Friday to teach them how to make their school more wildlife friendly.

Ella Duxbury from Helvetia examines a woodlouse under the microscope on the Jersey Biodiversity stall at the Wild About Jersey event at Fort Regent

The event marked the start of ‘Wild About Jersey’, which continued with a series of public talks and demonstrations for Islanders of all ages promoting wildlife and the environment.

The theme for this year’s event is connecting with nature and is designed to raise environmental awareness and encourage Islanders to volunteer in wildlife and nature projects and take part in monitoring programmes.

Representatives from Durrell, Jersey National Park and Birds on the Edge are among those scheduled to deliver presentations.

An Environment Department spokesperson said: ‘Scientists have proven that spending time in nature improves our physical and mental health, relieves stress, and brings us together. Connecting more people with nature will help us to slow down the loss of our biodiversity. Through this event we hope to establish and deepen the relationship between our natural environment and our community.’

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