Portsmouth children explore school’s wildlife

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SCHOOLCHILDREN will be able to explore wildlife in their new pond, thanks to Southern Water.

Pupils at Gatcombe Park Primary in Hilsea will be able to use a range of nets, microscopes and underwater periscopes to take a closer look at pond life.

Funding for the new kit came from Southern Water’s Community Chest programme which provides grants to schools, community groups and good causes.

The pond was completed at the end of last year and is now being left to attract wildlife.

Carole Roberts, headteacher, said: ‘We are very grateful for Southern Water’s donation because it has enabled us to buy equipment that is really going to help the children to learn.’

Kevin Buck, who co-ordinates the scheme, said: ‘We were delighted to help the children get a closer look at the creatures that will make it their home.’