Meet the young winners of My Wild Bedminster
Published on: 02 Feb 2018
Top picture: A Small Blue butterfly, seen in BS3. SCROLL DOWN to read about Bedminster's butterfly hunters ...
Winner Megan Smith, 5, with (left to right) Ben Barker, George Offer and Alex Morss
Winner Filippo Mele with Ben Barker, left, and George Offer
Ashton Gate pupils Benny McIhenney, 7, Alex Bhambri-Lyte, 8, and Amelie Scanlon, 9, with George Offer and AGOSC’s Bella Wright
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THE WINNERS of the My Wild Bedminster children’s competitions have been presented with their prizes, amid a lively discussion about the wildlife that’s to be found in BS3.
South Bristol Voice decided to back the My Wild Bedminster project throughout 2017 to raise awareness about what can be done to improve the local area for plants and animals alike.
Bedminster is probably the area of Bristol with the least wildlife, because there aren’t many parks, and gardens are small. With the help of generous sponsorship from Hunters estate agents, we asked adults for photos of the wildlife spotted during the summer.
Children were given the chance to join in too, with visits to schools by our wildlife expert Alex Morss, helping them to decide how they could improve their local area to make it more attractive to wildlife.
It’s not just the Children got really
involved in looking out for BS3’s wild creatures in 2017 – here are the winning entries
obvious creatures like hedgehogs that are important, Alex told them – we need to look after tiny ones too, such as butterflies and ladybirds.
We also welcomed wildlife pictures submitted by children.
On January 19, the prizes were presented at Ashton Gate Out of School Care (AGOSC), which was the clear winner in the schools section, despite tough competition from the likes of Victoria Park primary school and the Southville Centre summer playscheme.
AGOSC manager Bella Wright said the children became really inspired after a visit from My Wild Bedminster in July, and stared searching the school grounds for insect life. They found a nest of caterpillar larvae, which was identified as Neurotoma saltuum, otherwise known as a social pear tree sawfly.
The children went on to tidy up the school pond, and made a detective sheet to help them look for ladybirds and snails.
Alex was on hand at the prizegiving to help answer lots of questions from the children, with Ben Barker, secretary of the BS3 Wildlife group, who is also an expert on butterflies and moths.
AGOSC won a prize of £100, donated by Hunters estate agents, to be spent on helping the children make a habitat for lots more insects and small creatures to thrive. We’ll show the results in a later edition of the Voice.
Also rewarded were our two individual prizewinners – Filippo Mele, 9, won £10 for his savings account with his picture of a landscape with a fox, snails and other creatures – showing the importance of a balanced habitat.
Megan Smith, 5, gave us a colourful picture of a butterfly – which are sometimes hard to spot in BS3, so it was lovely to see her picture. She chose a prize of a butterfly house, where butterflies can feed.
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