One of the activities funded by the Areti Charitable Trust was a day of caving for Lancaster Boys & Girls Club. Over the February half-term they visited Ormside Mill in the Yorkshire Dales and – kitted out in the appropriate gear – went to Thistle and Runscar Caves near the Ribblehead Viaduct and then to the Great Douk Cave.
Forty-five pupils from Morecambe Bay CP School visited RSPB Leighton Moss yesterday to find out about birds and insects and to try out pond-dipping. It was impressive that they already knew about predators and camouflage. Everyone seemed to enjoy it – not least the adults.
Children from Skerton St Luke’s CE and West End primary schools were the first groups to visit the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss. Thirty reception class pupils from St Luke’s and 53 year 3 and 4 pupils from West End visited at the beginning of this week to try out pond dipping and other activities.
The primary aim of the Areti Trust is to put disadvantaged children and young people in touch with the natural world. At the start of this year it wrote to selected local primary schools offering to fund visits to the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss, and it is delighted to have received its first application from Morecambe Bay Primary School.