The Natural World
The Natural World from Shepreth Wildlife Park
At Shepreth Wildlife Park we incorporate the message and need for the conservation of native flora and fauna into our education sessions from pre-school to degree level. Our very roots began with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of British native wild animals and over the years our emphasis has evolved to include a large variety of species. Although we are becoming increasingly involved in various endangered species breeding programmes and conservation initiatives, we recognise the importance of educating our visitors about species a little closer to home.
The ‘Natural World’ education session is offered to all visiting institutions free of charge. The session itself incorporates animal encounters with rescue hedgehogs from our rehabilitation unit and a variety of invertebrates, owls and reptiles. These ambassadors are used as examples of animals found in the back garden and beyond, and the simple steps which can be taken to aid their existence. Alongside these, examples of bird and hedgehog boxes, feeders and worm farms are demonstrated for use in the garden.
Conservation is not just approached on a local level, the educators also touch on the need for responsible pet ownership, and highlight issues concerning the illegal pet trade and how this affects species on a global level too. 2010 celebrates Bio-Diversity and the abundance of wildlife on our doorstep. The education team focus their sessions on generating a passion for the natural sciences in all ages. Judging by the 2009 feedback the message is getting across, welcomed and most importantly acted upon.
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