Students go bush

Primary school students in the Trunkey Creek and Tuena region went bush last Friday (13 November) to take part in a unique environmental education program.

'Beating around the bush' provided students a hands-on experience in their local environment, investigating the habitat of rare fish, frogs, plants and other native species.

“We took seven bus loads of students out to significant sites in the Abercrombie - Trunkey Creek area where work is underway to halt the decline in habitat for threatened and endangered native species,” said Senior Land Services Officer Casey Proctor.

“Raising awareness and teaching students how to protect habitat on a local level helps ensure the future conservation of these special plants and animals.” he said.

Mandurama, Carcoar, Neville, Lyndhurst, Oberon, Blayney and Trunkey Creek schools took part in the day to learn about saving our species, as well as the benefits of native vegetation.

Trunkey Public School Principal, Sharyn Cogdell, said the day was filled with fun, adventure and outdoor learning.

“Raising awareness about threatened species particular to our area will help our students learn how to protect their environment and how to identify local species of plants and animals,” said Sharyn.

“There is no better way to teach students about the importance of the environment than to get them out in the bush, walking amongst the plants and animals, appreciating the diversity of our great land and all it has to offer.

“We are extremely grateful to Casey Proctor from Central Tablelands Local Land Services and all the wonderful specialist presenters who worked with the students on the day.”

As well as hearing from the experts, the primary school students were active participants on the day, surveying local birds, gliders, frogs and plants.

COVID restrictions make the logistics easier with each bus allocated twenty students from each school. The buses transported students to the various sites on a rotation throughout the day.

For advice on protecting and rehabilitating habitat for native species on the Central Tablelands contact Casey Proctor at Central Tablelands Local Land Services on 02 6341 9318.

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