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We are very lucky to have a frog living with us in Faha school! Frogs are amphibians. They usually wake from their hibernation in February. We have lots of wet ditches at the back of the school and it is here we spotted our frog last year. Frogs spend their time in wet fields and gardens catching flies with their long sticky tongues. Baby frogs are called tadpoles. Tadpoles grow slowly into frogs growing their legs and losing their tails.

Frogs are protected under European law because they are scarce in Europe. Here is a picture of our frog who is called Freddy! We hope to see him again soon hopping around.frog 640x428 640x428 

We did a project on what birds visit Faha school. We saw robins, blackbirds, thrush and of course lots of crows! Swallows are often seen in the summer months and  lots of colourful pheasants  can sometimes be seen at the back of our school.

The Blackbird.

 

This bird is one of the most common birds found in gardens.The male blackbirds are jet black with an orange beak. The females are brown in colour. Did you know that only the male blackbirds sing and that this is true for all birds.

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The Robin.

Robins are very common especially in Winter. They spend winter looking for whatever food they can find. They dont migrate to Africa like other birds. They like to eat spiders, woodlice and other creepy crawlies.

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The  Swallow.

Swallows are Irish birds because they are born here in summer. They are seen as birds of good luck if they nest on your property. They use mud to build their nests and their nests are always built indoors in sheds and barns. They fly south to Africa to spend the winter and return to Ireland in March.

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Crows.

We are all familiar with the crow! They like to visit our playground in search of some food. But did you know that the word crow is the name of the bird family to which these birds belong. The big black one that often visits our school is actually a rook. They nest at the tops of tall trees nearby. There are in fact 7 members of the crow family in Ireland. The magpie is one of  them.

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We added some nesting boxes to our school garden. We hope they will attract more birds to nest in the school grounds. We also hung bird feeders and we hope to get a bird table.

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 We made a log pile at the back of our school. Log piles are a great way to help make your garden wildlife friendly and help biodiversity. It provides a refuge and hunting ground for small mammals and amphibians. Fungi, woodlouse, beetle grubs and wood wasps all find homes and food in the logs. These in turn are prey for other animals like hedgehogs, frogs, birds and spiders. It might also provide a nest site for a bird or bat.We planted ferns around the logs and we hope to add bluebells and primroses to add a woodland feel.

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We also made a leaf pile in Autumn. The juniors help make the pile. They collected lots of leaves that had fallen off the trees and made a huge pile at the back of the school. This pile of leaves provides a place for hedgehogs to hibernate over the Winter.

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We have already undertaken lots of activities to improve the biodiversity of our school. Here are some of the things we have done.

  • We keep our school grounds free from litter and rubbish as litter can damage habitats and various wildlife.
  • We have planted lots of daffodils, tulips , crocus and snowdrops around our school.
  • Tree/Mammal workshops with Killarney National Park Ed. Centre.
  • Planted ash trees.
  • Hung nesting boxes for the birds.
  • Created a log-pile and leaf pile.
  • Study of different mammals/birds/wildflowers/minibeasts
  • Project on endangered animals.
  • School vegetable garden.
  • School tour- visit to Killarney National Park where we did lots of workshops on biodiversity and had lots of fun!

We are now working on our 5th Green School flag - Biodiversity. Biodiversity means everything that lives in or around our school. Biodiversity provides us with many things including food and drink, medicine, building materials and many parks,forests, wetlands and beaches for us to enjoy.  Our growing population and increasing consumption of natural resources places huge stresses on natural ecosystems and species within them. Destruction of habitats, climate change, over- harvesting and introduction of non - native species to areas are major causes of species extinction and endangerment.  So what  can we do in Faha School to preserve and protect the biodiversity around us?

We have been busy working on many projects focussing on our local environment and how best to protect it. Our school slogan for biodiversity is

"There is room for creatures big and small, biodiversity rules it all!"

Well done to Abbie O Sullivan in 1st class who wrote the winning slogan and a big thank you to all the children who submitted a slogan.

 

 

 



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