We began our day under cover meeting Nick, the Sheep Shearer. He showed us how to give a sheep a good hair cut!
Bobbie the sheep was quite happy while getting a trim.
All the children had the chance to have a feel of Bobbie and his fleece.
Nick answered lots of questions from the children and adults.
Then we found out what happens to the fleece to become woollen yarn.
Then a challenge, put the wool back onto a sheep!
Then we were introduced to Chris the farmer and his tractor.
After all the children and Chris rolled a bale, Chris then showed us the tractor at work, showing how machines help him in his everyday jobs.
After a little walk we were introduced to Galaxy and Bonnie who needed a make over from our Kings Copse stylists!
While a bit of brush was needed over the body. A brilliant sensory experience for all our pupils.
Next, The New Forest National Park and Barn Owls....
We learnt all about what they eat and how they regurgitate the bones and fit of the unfortunate mouse.
More bones, this time fox, badger and deer skulls.
The children matched them really well looking and feeling for features.
We then broke for lunch and the awarding of prizes. Rachel Madocks school won first for all of their display work.
After lunch, Bantem chickens and pheseants followed by ferrets.
Watch your fingers! Especially with this ferret called 'Rupert'!
The afternoon continued with 2 Gun dogs called Tim and Ralph.
Next, some of the countryside's smallest inhabitants.....bees.
After a quick talk the children then went queen bee hunting, she had a white dot on her back.
And saw how a hive is constructed as well as trying on a bee keepers suit.
Who is it?
And finally some of the largest of the countryside's largest animals...cows.
We all had a brilliant day in spite of the rain. The volunteers who ran all of the activities were fantastic and helpful. A big thank you to the Countryside trust!