On Thursday the 24th of November, we had a visit from Tony Keneally who works with Heritage Ireland. As we are working hard towards earning our biodiversity flag, Tony came into speak to us about birds in our environment.
We learned about the 7 different types of swallows, the Paragon hawk, garden birds and birds of prey. We also learned about herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.
Tony also brought in examples of a bird house and a nest he found in it. We discussed why the nest was abandoned and also got the chance to touch and feel the nest and the eggs left behind.
Tony also had examples of stuffed birds which we loved learning about and touching.
Tony told us about his favourite bird the barn owl and we learned about pallets.
We then went on a walk around the classroom to discuss where best to place our bird feeders. We also observed some birds around our school environment. When we came back to class, Tony gave us a survey of garden birds which we are going to carry out over the next few weeks.
After Tony left, the children wrote a piece about what they enjoyed about the talk and drew a picture of their favourite bird. We decided to put these on display for all to see.
We really enjoyed our talk and asked lots of questions! Thanks Tony!