Yesterday we all went to the Orchard and helped to build the bog. We had to remove sharp stones, line it thickly with newspaper and then a thick black liner. Holes were then pierced in the liner with a garden fork for drainage, and to allow some air to circulate in the bog.
Then we put a hose in (also pierced with holes). If we have a long hot summer we may need to top up the bog with water. We then put soil in to fill up the hole.
We had forgotten a ruler/measuring tape to measure the size of our bog so we had to use non standard measurements instead (our feet and hands).
We used a sprit level to make sure we had the bog level with the surface so that the rainwater doesn’t all drain out and we have the right environment for wildlife to thrive in it.
Finally we put some water in. We estimated how many litres we would need, and then we counted the actual litres we put in. The soil has turned into mud and we can’t wait to see what creatures we will find there on our next trip!
P2/3/4 started to construct the bog in the school Orchard today. We learnt all about how to use and carry a spade safely and started digging. We dug quite a big hole but it needs to be bigger still! We also measured out the size of the liner for the bog with a non standard unit of measure (the spade) and put the earth and grass we dug up onto the grass wall we are creating in another part of the Orchard.
It was a busy afternoon but we still found time to plant a tree and some plants that would attract butterflies and other wildlife. Then we were able to explore the bug hotel and other areas of the Orchard and found a sleepy toad, ladybirds, earthworms, millipedes, wood lice, leopard slugs and spiders!
We all had a lot of fun and learnt a lot. Thank you to all the mums who helped us!