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Cheshire Wildlife Trust has been awarded £9900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a new Forest School at its Quinta Nature Reserve at Swettenham, Cheshire. The Forest School will attract visits from local schools encouraging children to get outdoors to learn more about wildlife and connect with nature.
The project will improve the accessibility and learning resources at the reserve enabling a wide range of nature study activities to take place from exploring the reserve’s ancient woodland through to sweep netting in the wildlflower rich meadows to discover mini-beasts.
The funding will open some of the inaccessible sloping parts of the reserve through pathways and steps, as well as developing better facilities for visiting children and families. This will include an all weather outdoor classroom and a stream dipping platform. The funding will also be used to help Cheshire Wildlife Trust provide nature-related activities for up to 600 children from local schools.
The Quinta Nature Reserve has a range of habitats, including a plantation woodland, ancient woodland, two meadows and a stream. Cheshire Wildlife Trust have managed the plantation to encourage woodland regeneration and improve species diversity especially butterflies and wildflowers.