The Kingfisher Award Scheme has been running in Devon for 25 years and is co-ordinated by Penny O’Connor. Each year between 350 and 390 children from ten schools across Devon take part in the scheme.

The 2017 theme was – “Life on the Hedge”

The Kingfisher Award for 2017 was to concentrate on Hedges and Field Margins. The Devon hedge is unlike any other hedge in Britain as it is planted on an earth bank and field margins are the areas of uncultivated land that often adjoin them. Hedges were created as boundaries to enclose property, to control and provide shelter for stock.

The Activity Stations

  1. Hedge Hoppers
    The children studied a hedge, looking for different species of trees, plants and shrubs and what birds they support. Looking at the history of the hedge, how they have changed and how to calculate its age (Hooper’s Law).

  2. Creature Seekers
    The small mammals they found included voles, shrews and field mice. Who would predate upon these creatures? They looked for signs of other mammals that might use the hedge for shelter.

  3. Wheat Gleaners
    The children looked at wheat in the adjacent field. They picked apart wheat stems and studied the ears and how they grow and ripen. They took some wheat seed and grind it with hand grinders to make flour. They made a simple dough which they will kneed and handle.


The KAS is entirely reliant on sponsorship money, charitable donations, and volunteers. If you would like to make a donation or offer your time to help please contact Penny O’Connor on: 01647 433372 or email [email protected]

Devon KAS is kindly supported and sponsored by CPRE.