Butterfly house fundraiser in William Stukeley CofE Primary School in Holbeach

Louise Ellis and Gracie the Verreaux's eagle-owl meet pupils at William Stukeley Primary School

Children from William Stukeley CofE Primary School in Holbeach dressed up to raise money to restore a severely damaged local butterfly house.

The children have recently been treated to the knowledge and support of staff from Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre in Spalding as part of the school’s Nature and Wildlife Seminar and they dressed up as bugs and butterflies.

The school turns into ‘Stukeley University’ every Friday for a couple of terms each year where the children experience and learn different subjects alongside and supporting the national curriculum.

Mark Birdsall and Louise Ellis, who run the wildlife centre, visited the school for a number of weeks to teach students about wildlife and nature conservation, even bringing two owls from the centre into the classroom.

The students and staff were saddened to hear of the devastation caused to Baytree’s native butterfly house by the recent storms and planned the themed non-uniform day to aid the cause.

The children each made a modest donation, totalling an amazing £212, which will be given to the centre to help towards re-establishing its unique butterfly house, which was only opened to the public last year.

Mark Birdsall said: “We are passionate about conservation and wildlife. We don’t get many opportunities to purvey away from the centre, so we thought this an ideal opportunity to get the ball rolling.

“Louise has covered many topics, from foxes and hedgehogs to harvest mice and squirrels. I have been busy trying to sort out the carnage of the damage to the centre from the high winds we had a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t believe it when we turned up today to receive this amazing donation from the children of the school.”

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