Wildlife classroom opens

Children can now learn about nature at purpose-built Cockfosters classroom

A new wildlife learning centre has opened in Trent Park.

The wildlife classroom is an interactive space for teaching people about the vast range of creatures found at Trent Park – including hedgehogs, smooth newts, common toads, frogs and grass snakes, as well as rare great crested newts.

Children from Merryhills Primary School and a team from the Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) joined housing developer Berkeley at a launch event last month. WRAS provides a sanctuary at Trent Park for sick, injured, orphaned and trapped wild animals and birds, while Berkeley is building 270 homes on the former Middlesex University campus and agreed to fund the new wildlife classroom as part of its community investment.

Barry Smitherman, chair of trustees at WRAS, said: “We would like to thank Berkeley for creating the new wildlife classroom. My wife June and I have been caring for local wildlife since 1992 and have given many talks on wildlife and their environment. We believe education is a very important part of saving and protecting our native wildlife.

“We hope the classroom will encourage more schools to visit us. It will also be rented by other groups to earn income for the charity.”

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