Junior Wildlife Club for Sark
Moth and butterfly expert David Wedd from Alderney Wildlife Trust was here last week to talk to pupils at Sark School about setting up ‘Sark Wildlife Watch’, a junior natural history club. ‘Wildlife Watch’ is an established programme run by the British Wildlife Trusts to encourage aspiring young naturalists through a series of activities, challenges and awards. In his presentation David also showed some of the projects undertaken by children in Alderney. As well as learning about their local flora and fauna the children also take a leading role in the running of the club, choosing their own topics and organising events. As an example of the sort of wildlife based activities that could take place here David set up moth traps two nights running to give the children an idea of the huge variety of moths living in Sark. Dozens of species were found in the traps the following mornings, lured by the light. The children helped identify the moths before releasing them.
Pictures by Sue Daly L – R
Setting up the trap, Inspecting the catch, Ashley with a may bug, A poplar hawk moth on Kai’s arm.