The students of Timahoe NS got to enjoy yet another super science experience recently as 5th and 6th class had the privilege of taking part in a ‘Bogs in the classroom Heritage Programme’, including a field-trip to Abbeyleix Bog, delivered by IPCC education officer Nuala Madigan.
The peatlands expert arrived early that morning and gave the children an introduction to bogs in Ireland. “The wet and wild boglands of Ireland are one of Ireland’s most loved habitats,” she told the enthusiastic students.
Before setting out for Abbeyleix Bog Nuala outlined some of the flora and fauna the children were likely to come across, as they made bog-plant dials to aid classification and identification. The hands on workshop included making a ‘bog in a bottle’, using the bogland flora identification charts, identifying live freshwater invertebrates and identifying and discussing bogland archaeology. The students were accompanied on the field trip by Nuala Madigan, Mrs Ann Bergin and Ms Anna Moore. There they carried out many experiments and investigations.
On return to the school they compiled their information to created an interesting and colourful display.