Schoolchildren design new Eye nature reserve signs

Wildlife drawings by a group of primary school children have helped create new information boards at a nature reserve on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

Sixteen pupils from St Peter and St Paul Primary School in Eye saw their finished interpretation boards for the first time today at the Pennings countryside and picnic site.

The children were challenged by Mid Suffolk District Council's countryside rangers to come up with ideas for three new information boards at the nature reserve, which is on the edge of the market town.

Their drawings of birds, bugs, animals and insects that live at the site were sandblasted into cedar wood to create the signs, which will hold changing seasonal information based around meadows, ponds and rivers.

Steph Parmee, who is part of the countryside team at the district council, said the project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help attract visitors and residents to the nature reserve.

'The children were really proud to see their work and have brought along their parents and family. One girl said 'wow, look I'm famous',' she said.

The students, who are only a five minute walk away from the nature site, went on a 'welly walk' in March to get ideas for their drawings.

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Teacher Laura Bunting said the children were 'very excited' about the project and the school would be revisiting Pennings in the future.

Diana Kearsley, community portfolio holder for Mid Suffolk District Council, added: 'The panels look fantastic and I'm delighted that local school children were able to participate in such a worthwhile and long lasting addition to their local nature reserve.'

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