PUPILS from Ecton Village Primary Academy have taken a walk on the wild side at David Wilson Homes' Earls Barton development The Wickets following an educational visit from the RSPB.
The school's Hedgehogs class were invited to the Main Road development for their first field trip to meet with Tim Mobbs, an RSPB volunteer, and learnt how they can give nature a home. During the visit, the pupils searched the show home garden to identify different homes for wildlife.
They were also able to view a hogilo, a home for hedgehogs, which has been placed in the garden by David Wilson Homes to welcome all prickly pals to the development.
Tim said: "The RSPB recognises that it is extremely important to encourage young children to develop an interest in wildlife and discover how they can look after nature in their own home environment.
"This activity, hosted in the show home garden, was an excellent way to lead local school pupils in the right direction and help them discover how to give nature a home and to have some fun.
"The enthusiastic pupils were also given the task of creating their own apple bird feeders which involves removing the apple core and pushing sunflower seeds into the top for birds to feast on."
Kate Cleaver, Principal at Ecton Village Primary School, said: "The children had a lovely morning learning about environments and habitats for wild animals. They particularly enjoyed learning about the hogilo and now want their classroom re-named The Hogilo as it is where the Hedgehog class live!
"As a small village school we are very lucky to be surrounded by wildlife and the children now know how we can support the animals through the winter months."
Whist the Hedgehogs class aptly learned about creating homes for hedgehogs, they were also taught the significance of providing for birds and bee-friendly planting.
Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: "We were really impressed with how much the pupils already knew about wildlife and we hope the engaging activities have encouraged them to introduce wildlife-friendly features into their own gardens.
"Our partnership with the RSPB demonstrates how we can protect and enhance the biodiversity of the local area, benefitting the economy, creating employment and improving health and wellbeing for our customers and the communities we create."
Offering the best of both worlds, the sought-after development is situated in a village renowned in Northamptonshire for its history, amenities and entertainment.
The development accommodates a stunning collection of expertly crafted three, four and five bedroom homes nestled among an established community, close to independent shops and offering stunning countryside views.
With well-regarded schooling in the area as well as road and rail links to London within an hour, it's also an ideal setting for families and commuters alike.
For more information about the homes at The Wickets, please visit call the David Wilson Homes sales team on 033 3355 8486 or visit https://www.dwh.co.uk/new-homes/northamptonshire/H635301-The-Wickets/.
For more activities from the RSPB such as how to make your own apple bird feeder, please visit ww2.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/