Resounding Spring Success

Friday 5th May 2017

Spring Common Academy students with mayor Peter Morgan, by Caroline FittonSpring Common Academy students with mayor Peter Morgan, by Caroline Fitton

Students of Spring Common Academy unveil a new bird viewing fence at Godmanchester nature reserve


A new viewing area at Godmanchester nature reserve was unveiled on Wednesday 3 May. The new woven bird viewing fence overlooks Roman Lakes and has been created and worked on by a dozen students from the Spring Common Academy, all of whom have special needs. The students, supported by their teachers and volunteers from the Wildlife Trust, designed and positioned the viewing fence, so as well as being an asset for visitors to the reserve, it gives easy access for those in wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Proud of their achievement, at the well attended unveiling ceremony the students were helped by Peter Morgan, Mayor of Godmanchester, to reveal the new fence. "This is a great example of the community working together and I'm delighted to be here today to meet the students and see their work," said Mr Morgan. The Mayor was thanked by the students, who presented him with a woven straw token, and student Callum read a speech detailing how the fence had been constructed. Wildlife Trust volunteer Ian Langley, who helped the students organise the event, said: "We just wanted a simple ceremony to celebrate the students' achievements, they've worked so hard here taking down an 8ft high hedge to construct the viewing area."

Wildlife Trust West Cambridgeshire reserves manager Aidan Matthews said: "We owe a lot to the school and to Ian and the team of volunteers who do so much on the reserve, they work out in all weathers helping us with work like this and habitat surveys which helps maintain our records."

The students had baked delicious refreshments, including blackberry cakes, made with berries harvested from the area last autumn, which they served to those browsing displays showing the range of work which Spring Common carry out weekly at the reserve.