Suzie Fraser and children making masks for Humans on Trial
Saving wildlife for future generations is one of the core values of the wildlife Trust movement. Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery children across Radnorshire are getting enthusiastic about wildlife.
Even in rural areas such as Radnorshire, there is no guarantee that children have the same relationship and understanding of nature as their parents might have done. So few people are directly involved with farming or working on the land that knowledge of wildlife can be remarkably limited, even in small villages.
Last year the Radnorshire Trust ran more than 40 events involving over 1,000 schoolchildren. These range from planting trees and hedges on school grounds to organising Humans on Trial, a play about our responsibility for nature.
One of the most popular strategies is the primary schools quiz run between schools across the county. Far from being a “chore”, the children see it as fun – one boy in Gladestry school described the quiz as "better than playtime"
The approach to education is often based on ensuring the children are engaged first, and then lead onto the facts and stories around the wildlife in their area.
Suzie Fraser is the Trust's People and Wildlife Officer and works on these educational projects thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery.