PUPILS in Selston plan to create a nature reserve in the village after their school secured a grant of over £8,000.
Selston Arts and Community College has been awarded a Lottery grant of £8,680 and students now plan to build a nature reserve behind the Tin Hat community centre.
There will be a wildlife area with a pond, bird nesting boxes, a meadow, a hedgerow habitat, a picnic area and a wildlife trail.
Cameras will be put in bird nesting boxes and linked up to computers in the college and teachers hope to include a remote weather recording station which would be linked to the school intranet and used by science students.
Dave Entwisle, whose class is leading the project, said it would be character-building for his students.
“Because it will be theirs and they will have ownership of it hopefully they will earn respect for their own efforts and when others do things for them,” he added.
“They will hopefully be able to understand that things take effort and money.
“In this day and age we take a lot for granted without looking at how it came about.”
Mr Entwisle also said the project would develop their appreciation for the outdoors and it would be good for them to be taken out of their comfort zones, working in all weathers.
The teenagers have been surveying the area over the past couple of weeks, looking at what wildlife is there already, and will start working on the project in September.
The school’s business manager Maria Clifton said: “Working on this project will help develop students’ wider key skills of working with others, improve their own learning and problem-solving skills and help towards qualification outcomes.”
The college also recently obtained £250 from the Envirogrant funding at Veolia Environmental Services and the money will be used to provide specialist training to teach the hedge-laying techniques to the students.
Ms Clifton added: “We are thrilled to have received this financial support and look forward to seeing the finished results.”
Selston Church of England Infant and Nursery School will also be invited to use the area to learn more about wildlife.