For almost a year now, Ian Layton, our Engagement Officer, has been working with a small group of teachers and the county council's environmental studies services manager, Georgina Greaves, to prepare a number of resource boxes for loaning to schools both in Derbyshire and in Derby City.
These are now ready and are FREE for local schools - indeed several have been 'booked' already.
Any teacher wanting to find out more about how to loan a box should email firstname.lastname@example.org PROVIDED their school is outside Derby city but inside the county. If you are in Derby city please email email@example.com to enquire about the boxes for use with city schools.
|A resource box displayed....|
- a plastic peregrine,
- a replica egg,
- a squeaky toy peregrine (with a totally life-like call),
- teacher work sheets,
- laminated photos of the birds, their nesting season and their prey
- three CDs and a DVD about the birds.
Already a few schools have taken advantage of the project, its web cams and blog to teach children across the whole curriculum - and to engage them with our brilliant birds.
|This by Ellen from Becket School in Derby|
|From Holmesfield Infants in Dronfield|
|A local school visits a Watch Point.....|
Nick B and Ian Layton (Peregrines and People Engagement Officer)
Ps. If you want someone from the project to visit your school (for a negotiable fee) please get in touch to discuss the details.
Egg Update 21st March: as we wait for our first egg in Derby, we can report that eggs have been laid a several other urban peregrine nests. The first egg was laid at a site in London and already this pair has a full clutch and incubation has begun. Now there are also eggs at Aylesbury, Sheffield, Norwich, Nottingham to name but four!
|The Aylesbury nest courtesy of sueperegrino|
In Derby our first ever egg was laid on 23rd March 2009 so our pair are a bit later than many others. But last year, by laying late and avoiding the unseasonal snow, the Derby birds gained a definite advantage. So early laying isn't necessarily a 'good' thing......more on this topic later.
Useful teaching video: this new video, focusing on peregrines in the SW of England, provides a useful introduction and might suit teachers wanting to put our city birds in a historical context:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76uMd4vtJSU (with apologies for the earlier error).
Ps. The hits counter has been reset by Nick M to record the number of hits since 1st January 2014....roughly 32,000 so far. (2.6million since we went online in 2007!) More about the project stats in a future post!