Kids Enjoy Biodiversity Summer School

From left to right: RSPB representative Catherine Gleave, Ciara Graffin, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Thomas Hogg, Shea Graffin and  Maurice Graffin.
From left to right: RSPB representative Catherine Gleave, Ciara Graffin, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Thomas Hogg, Shea Graffin and Maurice Graffin.

Children from across the Borough took part in a Biodiversity Summer School in Antrim Castle Gardens recently, where they enjoyed an action packed week of activities including bird watching, butterfly surveying, mini beast hunt, learning about trees and making a hedgehog home.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, went along to the Gardens to meet some the children taking part.

He said: “Antrim Castle Gardens is not only a pleasure to visit, it is also the perfect venue to learn about biodiversity.

“It was great to see local families enjoying and learning about our local habitats and species, including woodlands, rivers, hedgehogs, mini beasts and bats.”

Shea Graffin, aged five, said: “I really enjoyed making bird food cake. When I hung the food in my garden I saw the birds eating it for their tea.”

The school programme was delivered by the RSPB field teaching team.