Monday 29th June 2015

(c) Nick Turner

Three Gloucestershire primary schools are set to go into battle next Wednesday, 1st July 2015 at the finals of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Primary Schools Wildlife Quiz.

Three Gloucestershire schools; Chalford Hill Primary School near Stroud, Longney Church of England Primary School, near Gloucester and North Nibley Church of England Primary School near Dursley have all made it through an impressive three knock-out stages to reach the final.

“Outdoor education is so important. It teaches children how to apply knowledge and develops social, communication and team working skills,” said Dr. Gareth Parry, Head of Community Programmes at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

“Every year Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust educates over 4,500 children and works with over 70 schools to run cross-curricular outdoor activities. Over 100 schools take part in the Wildlife Quiz and the children are so inspiring with their enthusiasm and knowledge, it is my favourite event of the year!”

With questions such as picture and bird song identification, guess the odd one out and a thrilling plant identification round, the questions are challenging and the quiz is always a close run affair.

The final takes place at 7pm at the Rural Innovation Centre, Royal Agricutural University, Cirencester, who have kindly donated both a room for the final and refreshments too.

“We are committed to every child in Gloucestershire having the opportunity to benefit from outdoor education. The Heritage Lottery Fund are enabling us to create a new £1million education centre at our Greystones Farm nature reserve in Bourton-on-the-Water,” says Dr. Gareth Parry. “We want schools to value nature and have the confidence to integrate outdoor education into their teaching; we know that childrens’ learning, health and wellbeing will benefit as a result.”

All Gloucestershire primary schools can take part and it is FREE to enter, contact to find out more about the 2016 quiz.