Thursday, 9 October 2014

Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, 2nd - 6th Class

The 2nd - 6th classes in Shrone NS spent the day in Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre today as part of the Discover Primary Science and Maths Excellence programme.

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We took the train from Rathmore to Tralee and walked all the way to the Wetlands. 

When we arrived at the Wetlands, we had a quick bite to eat and then watched and listened to a presentation about lots of different types of animals. After that, we got ready to face the wet outdoors. We spotted a tank of really beautiful tropical fish and we got a chance to ask loads of questions all about them! (We already knew some of the names of the fish - clown fish and angel fish, from watching "Finding Nemo"!)

After that, we headed outside and had a look into a big pond. We waded in, in our wellies, and had great fun catching all sorts of bugs. We carefully transferred them into white trays of water and got to look at them up close. 

After this exciting activity, armed with a pooter, we went for a walk along the boardwalk and into the long grass in search of some mini-beasts. We found plenty of mini-beasts and bugs around the reeds in the wetland to examine! 

After lunch, we went back outside to look at and learn about a bank vole that had been caught overnight in a trap. We very gently held the vole, while some of the less brave gave them a rub or just looked from afar! We then released the voles back into the long grass and into the wild. 

We then had one last activity - climbing the viewing tower to watch the birds from up high! It was a lovely 360 degree view of the Tralee area and out onto Tralee Bay. From this view we saw some sleeping swans, a water hen, ducks, gulls and other birds. 

We finished our day with a walk back to the train station to board the train to Rathmore. We were very excited to hear, that after tweeting about our trip in the morning, Irish Rail had tweeted us back, welcoming us aboard and telling us to enjoy our trip! 

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