The children will be transported to the nature reserve at Twycross Zoo, where they will take a journey through an inland water system, the wetlands are one of the most valuable natural resources on the planet. Immobilising carbon and nutrients they are extremely important for water purification and act as a natural storage facility for rain water – producing large amounts of plant biomass as a result.
Here the children will have the opportunity to visit an area developed to provide a natural habitat for rare and endangered species. This designated area provides a safe and secure home for resident bats, birds, insects and small mammals to thrive.
The children will learn about:-
Water courses – Ice, Mountains, Rivers, Oceans, Wetlands & Lakes
Water uses – Agriculture, Industry, Water supply, Recreation, Wildlife
Water issues – Pollution, Overconsumption, Droughts & Floods
The importance of clean water sources.
Where we get daily water from
Impacts of pollution on water sources & how to stop it?
Why is there water scarcity? Drought, pollution and overconsumption
The Nature Reserve at Twycross Zoo includes ponds planted with common reed, which provide an excellent root system to hold the sand bed together and enable filtering. The reed beds are important for a number of species including dragonflies, native butterflies, ladybirds, shield bugs, aphids, pond skaters, water boatmen and leafhoppers. These insects are an essential element in this balanced ecosystem creating the basis of the food chains for larger animals along with pollinated plants, decomposing waste and recycling nutrients.
Using the hides the children can also spot little grebes, tufted ducks, lapwings, coots, snipes, swans, shrews, bats, rabbits, western hedgehogs, moles, stoats and weasels.