Nutley Primary School children try their hand at building a bat box.

Nutley schoolchildren learn how to help bat population

Nutley Primary School children have been learning how to help the bat population of Ashdown Forest.

Year Five pupils spent an afternoon at the offices of public relations firm Ceris Burns International, at Pippingford Manor, in the village learning about bats and building bat boxes, and were challenged to write a short story about the project.

Nutley Primary School head teacher Mrs Peasgood said the children learned about the local environment and wildlife and took part in a practical exercise.

She added: “The icing on the cake was the chance to show off their writing skills and there were some very creative entries.”

Winner of the writing competition was ten-year-old Oscar. The prize for his short story about ‘Dylan the bat’ was an Amazon Kindle.

The PR firm also made a donation to the Nutley school library.

Bat boxes at Pippingford Manor

Nutley Primary School children with completed bat boxes.

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