FOUR Rasen area schools have been given a helping hand to keep a Watch on wildlife.
With money raised from last year’s Open Farm Sunday event at Stainton le Vale, the environmental committee of Market Rasen Rotary Club has committed to paying £100 each to four primary schools who wanted to join the Watch Club of the Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation.
Rotarians Trevor Lyle and Richard Lewis had visited ten local schools to present the Watch scheme to them and Osgodby, Nettleton, Legsby and Binbrook Schools decided to take up the offer.
The schools will have the opportunity to use the Watch scheme within their school curriculum and Mary Porter, from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, and Jean Dodds, a Market Rasen Trust member, will be on hand to support the schools with their studies of the county’s nature.
The Rotary Club has paid for the schools’ first year’s membership and has also promised to pay next year’s membership.
Each school has also received the £100 towards running costs.
The Wildlife Trust supplies a membership pack to each school, together with frequent updates, and each school can make its own decision about how deeply to get involved.
There is also an award scheme for the children, where they can earn different badges, and wildlife spotting competitions.
Schools can upload their observations to the Lincolnshire Trust website.
More details about the Watch clubs can be found at lincstrust.org.uk