Pupils from Tynewater Primary School, Pathhead and from Elphinstone Primary School, Tranent visited Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead on 16th May to see what is currently happening down on the farm.
The youngsters saw at first hand sheep, lambs, cattle and calves along with samples of wheat, barley, beans, oil seed rape and silage which are all grown on the farm.
Whitburgh Farms owner Alastair Salvesen is particularly enthusiastic about making conservation a high priority, and the school visit was an ideal opportunity to highlight awareness of conservation and to demonstrate to the pupils what can done on the farm to help nesting game birds and song birds against predation from foxes, rats, crows and magpies. This all helps with the balance of nature.
The farm also takes great pride in maintaining hedges and putting in wildlife- friendly field margins to help nesting birds. The children were shown a field that had been newly sown especially to provide ground cover and feeding for birds in a few months time.
Alison Hamilton, teacher at Elphinstone School said: “It’s great to see the children being so enthusiastic and looking for themselves to see what wildlife is surrounding them.”
Sheena Stewart from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust said: “Last year was the first visit by Tynewater School and it is encouraging to see them coming back once again. Elphinstone School on the other hand joined us for the first time. Hopefully this can be an annual event in the school calendar as youngsters are clearly keen to learn about their environment and it helps the teachers with the lessons in the classroom too.”
Photo Caption: One highlight for the school pupils was meeting Whitburgh Farms gamekeeper Graham Rankin’s ferrets!