All set for our Biodiversity Action Day tomorrow... We're very excited to share our projects with you.
We really have been busy increasing the biodiversity in our school grounds this year. We've planted a variety of flowers, trees and vegetables; We've hung and maintained bird feeders; We've built a bug hotel and have hung up some little ones and we've increased our little Pollination Plot. We'll be following the All Ireland Pollinator Plan's 6 week mowing cycle - just in case you thought we were letting the place go wild ----- we are! We've already witnessed an increase in wildlife. (The teachers have been complaining about dirt on their cars - those parked under the bird feeders anyhow!!!) And long may it continue.....
This was our original Habitat Plan...spot the difference...
We've made the most of the sunshine today (like our bee friends) and we investigated what bee friendly flowers are continuing to sprout up in our pollinator garden.... We spotted clover, dandelions, yarrow, heathers and much more. Jeanne Sampier came back to assist us and was impressed with all of our hawthorn trees which are also great pollinators. But the icing on the cake was when we spotted a baby buff tailed bee. Our work is paying off!
After cataloguing the trees in our school grounds with David and Sinead we realised we didn't have a very important native tree - The Blackthorn. The Green Schools Committee are pictured here with the two saplings that we have planted.
You'll notice that our nature trail numbers are in now too and we can't wait to follow the trail...just a little more research to do first!!!!
While we were planting we spotted quite a few bird's nests in our more mature trees. Count them with us...
This week we have gone #plasticfreeforaweek in St. Michael's - and even the teachers had to bring their own mugs instead of using disposable cups when buying their coffee in the morning! The committee have been monitoring plastic use all week and reminding fellow students, parents and teachers to get involved.
Well done to ALL who entered the Plastic Free Week Art Competition. The Green Schools Committee were blown away by the effort that went into all the posters. It made the job of picking just one winner very difficult. But after much deliberation the winners were Darragh Finnerty (1st place) and Daniel Ofili (2nd Place). Huge congrats and well deserved to both of them.
As many of you will know St. Michael's has converted from using disposable water bottles to long lasting water bottles. We will save approximately 24,300 water bottles this year and every year with this one initiative. #plasticfreegalway @galwaygreenleaf
Despite Climate Action Week being flanked by Ex-hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian we partnered with @GalwayGreenLeaf and @EuropeanGreenCapitalAward to carry out some of our proposed actions and to get started on all. Our fourth and fifth classes were involved in planting bluebells, studying leaves to identify trees in order to create a nature trail within our school grounds and the building of a bug hotel - Buggingham Palace! We will also be planting an edible garden and a Blackthorn in the coming weeks. Work is still ongoing and we cannot wait to see the finished products. We also managed to start clearing out some of our raised beds to begin our edible garden and look forward to planting these soon. @GreenSchoolsIreland @AnTaisce
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