New centre will help children explore wildlife

The Old Pump House at Baffins Pond gets a lick of paint

The Old Pump House at Baffins Pond gets a lick of paint

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CHILDREN will soon have hands-on lessons in nature through the eyes of pond creatures, as the first steps are taken to create a new environmental study centre.

Once complete, the Baffins Pond Association’s educational hub will feature a portable underwater camera for kids to view the fish, newts, frogs, and birds in their natural habitat.

The centre will run from the old pumphouse near the pond and will teach children more about the different kinds of plants and trees in the area, planted by the organisation, and the animals and insects that thrive there.

A group of volunteers kick-started Baffins Pond Association’s idea for the facility by giving up three days of their time to decorate the building.

Jason Turvey, who got the volunteers together, said: ‘This is such a worthwhile project, with a long-term vision which will benefit the community and that’s why we wanted to get involved and get the idea on its feet.

‘It’s been enjoyable, everyone was energetic and did their absolute best. I loved doing it, and it has developed my DIY skills.’

Businesses offered their support too – Johnstone’s Paint in Southsea donated £100 worth of paint to the cause and Fratton’s B&Q donated £50 of vouchers.

Karen Radford, the association’s secretary, said: ‘Living in the city, a lot of people don’t realise they have all this wildlife so nearby – we want to create a place where people can learn more about the nature in their area and a place they enjoy visiting.’

The association is now applying for funding to furnish the classroom.

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