Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Children learn from web study of puffins

CHILDREN from Ewelme Primary School are studying live footage of puffins.

CHILDREN from Ewelme Primary School are studying live footage of puffins.

The school is one of 30 nationwide which is able to access a 24-hour live stream of the seabirds as they raise their chicks on a small island off the coast of Alderney in the Channel Islands.

Puffins are rarely found on the south coast but about 175 pairs returned to the island of Burhou earlier this month.

The children can access photographs and news reports by ecologists and watch daily close-up video clips as well as chat to wildlife experts. Headteacher Margery Slattery said: “They are loving watching the puffins coming out of their burrows and being able to see them doing something as it happens.

“The project will enable them to further their scientific skills and their mathematical skills because they are looking at quite a lot of data as well as broaden their geography knowledge.”

Alderney Wildlife Trust and the South East Grid for Learning Associates developed the project.

To keep up to date with the puffins, visit www.facebook.com/livingislandslive

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