Children have been discovering the wonders of the natural environment during visits to Vitacress Salads’ Abbotts Ann Farm run in conjunction with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s education team. We are hoping to arrange visits for the Summer of 2021, subject to Covid restrictions.
Through some up close and personal encounters with minibeasts and freshwater creatures, we hope to inspire children to protect local wildlife for years to come.
Discover our educational resources, including The Wonderful World of Watercress which provides ‘everything you never wanted to know about watercress’! The booklet is aimed at primary school children and shows the story of watercress from how it is grown to how its history is closely linked with the Watercress Line.
You can also access Chalk Rivers and Their Wildlife, a video supported by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. This video is a great educational aid for teachers or adults looking to teach about the importance of protecting wildlife and looking after our rivers.
The Annual Environment Lecture was established in 2007 to undertake research and analysis into wildlife associated with chalk streams and habitats associated with watercress and other salad crops.
We have welcomed a range of respected guest lecturers over the years, with an aim to broaden public interest in these habitats and the broader issues of sustainability.
Webinars – Coming Soon
Building on the increased familiarity over the last year with remote learning and video conferencing, and the growing awareness and interest in our chalk streams, a series of webinars are being organised. These 30-minute webinars will seek to inform and update knowledge on chalk streams and their ecosystems and the pressures that they face.
The topics and timetable for the webinars is under preparation in consultation with members of the Upper Itchen Initiative, the Bourne Rivulet Initiative, and other interested parties. We anticipate that this programme will be available in July 2021.
Discover our Projects…
The Riverfly Partnership runs an invertebrate monitoring scheme which is of keen interest to anglers and wildlife enthusiasts alike who share a concern for the present and future health of our rivers.