The pupils of St. Michael’s Primary School in association with the Tipperary Branch of Birdwatch Ireland have been very busy in recent times exploring the flora and fauna of the Tipperary Hills .
The visit to the school of local environmentalist Albert Nolan said Principal Sadie Maloney. had led the pupils on a ‘voyage of discovery’. His talks and nature walks have opened up a new curiosity and interest in the wonders of nature for the children and staff. The 1st Class girls can now identify and distinguish between; dandelions, celandines buttercups and cowslips and they have recorded in total 8 different breeds of birds that visit our school grounds. “They were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first swallow in April and we hope that they will bring this new interest and hobby with them into their adulthood”.
Walks took place at different locations and every pupil spent some time exploring the rich plant and animal life on the school grounds. Junior and senior infants loved observing the birds. “We fed the birds and looked closely at them through binoculars,” said Sarah. Muireann was impressed by the spiders she saw. Sophie in 2nd Class learned how to find out the age of a tree and Hannah Mai, in senior infants loved looking at the oak tree.
The older girls accompanied Albert to the Tipp Hills and St Mary’s graveyard .“I really enjoyed it because we got to catch butterflies,” said Kaleigh.
“The highlight of the trip to the hills was that it was my first time catching butterflies,” said Alexandra from 4th class.
Having Albert as our tutor” and guide has been a very rewarding experience for both pupils and staff alike,” said Sadie Maloney, Principal.