Salford City Academy join forces with Chat Moss Project

Students from Salford City Academy have gone eco-friendly in support of conservation activities at a local wildlife haven.

Academy students have spent the last few weeks working alongside the Chat Moss Project.

Students worked alongside lizards, snakes, dragonflies, butterflies, newts, water voles and a wide variety of wetland birds.

By building bridges, erecting willow fences and encountering the local wildlife, young environmentalists have developed their team building and communication skills.

Jon Ritchie, alternative provision manager at Salford City Academy, said: “Our students have really enjoyed the experience.

“Particularly the opportunity to explore and learn about their surroundings in a fantastic open air ‘classroom’”.

The Chat Moss Project is an exciting five-year scheme which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project aims to restore lowland raised bogs in the Chat Moss area, engaging local communities with the fascinating habitat.

Shyan, a Year 7 student at the Academy said: “It’s been good working in the mud!

The Chat Moss Project involves the restoration of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s reserves in the Salford area.

Lydia McCool, the project’s community engagement officer, said: “Our aim is to inspire local people to visit and experience the site.

“We’re offering free education and enrichment sessions for schools and activities for community groups”.

With family orientated events throughout the school holidays, the Chat Moss Project hopes to raise awareness of the importance of this natural Salford space.

Further information the project can be found on the Lancashire Wildlife Trust website.

TNT Education

Photo Credit: Salford City Academy

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