Clinton Devon Estates are pleased to be hosting the Devon Kingfisher Award on their home farm, near Budleigh Salterton and for their Countryside Learning Officer, Kate Ponting to co-ordinate the project for the county.

The theme for 2019 is "Muck, Milk and Marvellous Minibeasts" and schools from across East Devon have been invited to take part. 


In 2019 the Devon Kingfisher Award Scheme will be investigating ‘Muck, Milk and Marvellous Minibeasts’ Nearly 300 pupils between 8-10 years old will attend the field days in May to take part in three workshops:

Soil Sifters               Milk Makers           Creature Seekers

The children will be looking at the importance of soil to farmers, whatever crops they are growing, and about how cows turn fields of grass into milk for us to drink. Grass is a vital crop for diary farmers as we’ll learn about a diary cows’ lifecycle and what cows need to produce litres of milk every day. Field margins and hedges are wildlife corridors connecting different habitat, whilst sustaining lots of flora and fauna essential for a balanced ecosystem we will help the children investigate what might live here.

Soil Sifters: Soil is important for optimum plant growth and we’ll look at the composition of different soil types and the importance of air, water and organic matter. Did someone say poo? Worms play their part too!

Milk Makers: Cows, like humans and all other mammals, make milk as food for their young. Grass is the best food for this grazing animal, domesticated by man to increase milk production. We will take a farm walk to investigate how grass becomes milk and get up close and personal to learn what cows need to keep them happy, healthy and producing lots of the white stuff!

Creature Seekers: We will consider the other animals that call the farm home; some of them teeny tiny! Who might predate these animals and what might they need for shelter and food. We will consider why farmers need pollinating insects and why none of us can really live without them.

After your visit, the class have just over a month to produce follow-up work on any aspect of the themes. They may work however you choose to investigate one or all three themes in more detail and to demonstrate what they have learned create eye-catching posters, books, models, games, songs, films, food…the sky is the limit! (As long as you can get it to us, you can display it for the judges). The judges will have a short time to talk to the pupils and every child must be able to show the judges what they got out of the Kingfisher experience.

        

  


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 the FWAG SouthWest office on: 01823 660684 or email [email protected]   


          East Devon KAS is kindly supported and sponsored by Clinton Devon Estates.

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