The Laddsworth Eco club has been learning about our Wetlands. They made a model of a wetland using plants and soil to show how a wetland functions.
The club discussed key factors contributing to the deterioration of water sources which include: Development, pollution, drought and alien vegetation.
Christine Hugo from WESSA came and directed a MiniSASS activity with the club. Although a MiniSASS scoring analysis is not really suitable for a wetland, it gave the pupils an idea of how this could be done in a natural river or stream. Using the MiniSASS we established sadly, the quality of the water was very poor.
Tia Evans an Eco club member wrote about her experience.
On the 10th of August I went to the St Annes wetland for Eco club, to see if it was healthy and not dry. We saw a duiker and some type of bird. We searched for water only to find streams and ponds. There was a stream that caught our eyes. Chrisitne from WESSA came with us. She bought this cool equipment to catch bugs and to test the water to see how healthy it was. She brought a net, containers and a plastic tube to test the water. There was also a score board to see how many creatures lived there. Christine explained how everything worked and then we got dirty! We all had gumboots and old clothes on. I put one foot in the mud and my foot completely sunk. We caught a few things like a tadpole and a water spider. I almost caught a crab which was one of our main goals. We had lots of fun! We learnt about water lands and how we need them to keep healthy by not littering and saving water.