Happy to help nature

Pupils from King’s Meadow Primary School, Ainsdale, played an important part in enriching the habitat of one of Sefton’s most endangered species.

The enthusiastic group helped remove rotting vegetation from the dune ponds at Formby – known as slacks – ahead of Natterjack toads returning from their winter hibernation.

The fresh water slacks are essential breeding grounds for the Natterjacks, who prefer warm shallow water with sandy, clear areas for their spawn to develop. Large amounts of vegetation can interfere with the breeding cycle and also encourage other species of amphibian to the detriment of the toads.

The pupils will revisit the site in the summer to see the fruits of their hard work.

David Currie, Year 5 teacher at Kings Meadow, said: “As a class, we were thrilled to be chosen to take part in this exciting project. The children have learnt about the importance of conservation through a fun, hands on approach.

“Everyone had a great time clearing out the slacks and we can’t wait to revisit in the summer to see the result of the children’s hard work.”

Following the event, the Year 5 pupils teamed up to prepare a summary of their thoughts about the day. It read: “Even though we got wet feet we loved to scrape the slacks to maintain habitats for the Natterjack toads”.

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