Getting close up to study their patch

Therese ColmanAugusta Margaret River Times
Sunny Harlow, Abby Black and Shiloh Berriman with parent Danelle Dowding.
Camera IconSunny Harlow, Abby Black and Shiloh Berriman with parent Danelle Dowding. Credit: gusta-Margaret River Times

Year 3 students from Margaret River Primary School braved the inclement weather on Tuesday to visit the Montessori wetlands in search of macro-invertebrates.

The Our Patch activity was carried out by Nature Conservation environmental education officer Tracey Muir, who said it was a great opportunity for children to be involved with hands-on science and learn about the health of the town’s waterways.

“It has real outcomes because it genuinely tells us the health of our water system,” she said.

Ms Muir said the program was a vital part of the organisation’s research because it kept all the results.

“In the past we’ve had issues and we’ve worked out there’s not the animals there should be,” she said.

Students collected samples and identified different species of macro-invertebrates living in the water.

They are studying space and the environment at school, and the outdoor activity had them assessing the health of waterways.

PICTURES:

Blake Armstrong, Mason Allen-Newton and Henry Earl.
Camera IconBlake Armstrong, Mason Allen-Newton and Henry Earl. Credit: gusta-Margaret River Times
Maia Reihana, Matilda Thomson and Callum Macdonnald
Camera IconMaia Reihana, Matilda Thomson and Callum Macdonnald Credit: .ugusta-Margaret River Times
Ryan Vardy, Baigh Reid and Isaac Barnsley, with artist Ian Dowling, work to preserve their patch.
Camera IconRyan Vardy, Baigh Reid and Isaac Barnsley, with artist Ian Dowling, work to preserve their patch. Credit: Augusta-Margaret River Times
Sally Fawcett and teacher Dawn Veary with students Matilda Thomson, Maia Reihana and Callum Macdonnald, all 8.
Camera IconSally Fawcett and teacher Dawn Veary with students Matilda Thomson, Maia Reihana and Callum Macdonnald, all 8. Credit: Augusta-Margaret River Times, Therese Colman

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