Children from Shobdon Arches Preschool keep their binoculars trained on their butterfly and moth feeder

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Shobdon Pre-Schoolers Keep An Eye On Nature

With spring now in full bloom, children at Shobdon Arches Preschool have been on the lookout for all kinds of wildlife thanks to funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, helping the preschool purchase a range of new nature equipment.

Shobdon Arches Preschool, which recently celebrated its third anniversary, is based at the village hall. The group looks after 18 children between the age of two and four and seeks to provide them with a diverse range of learning opportunities and activities.

The Preschool applied for and received a grant of £160 from the Trust, which helped to purchase bird and bat boxes, an insect house and a butterfly habitat. In addition, to help the children record and learn about what they see, the funds were also used to buy a bug catching kit, nature books, binoculars and observation charts.

Alison Jackson, supervisor at the preschool said: “The children are always very keen to use the binoculars to get a closer look at birds in the trees and hedges and to experiment with making any bugs we carefully catch with our bug kit either 'bigger' or 'smaller' e.g. worms, spiders, wood lice, beetles, snails and slugs - and to then look for these in the books.”

“They have gained an awareness of what habitat is suitable for some insects and why it is important not to disturb these when going on bug hunts, as well as a better understanding of life cycles by rearing butterflies.”

John Garbutt, Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust commented “Helping the next generation appreciate the importance of preserving nature is a key goal of the Trust and we are delighted to see Shobdon preschool getting children involved at such a young age”.

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