Gilbert White’s House

Our Form 4 children enjoyed a class room free day this term when they visited Gilbert White’s House Field Study centre in Selborne, Hampshire. Enriching their learning about habitats, the children spent the morning exploring the woods searching out invertebrates in their adapted habitats which included old logs, leaf litter, shrubs and tree roots. Following lunch on the lawns, the children, armed with nets, trays and charts, headed to the stream where they spent the afternoon learning how to kick sample. They found lots of life in the water, including water boatmen, shrimps, leeches and even a bull-headed fish. After a stop to admire the carcass of a thousand-year old Yew tree which was planted on the grave of a Viking (!), the children headed home with muddy knees, wet socks and a sense of wonder. What an idyllic day.

November 2019