Year 5 had a great trip to Slimbridge Wetlands Centre to enrich their topic of Rivers and the water cycle. During the day they took part in a session learning all about the wetland habitat, its importance as part of the water cycle and the impact of human activity on the ecosystem. The children became ‘rangers’ and conducted surveys of different parts of the site, testing water quality and identifying a range of wildlife and plants to determine the success of the ecosystem. They enjoyed exploring the centre including climbing a viewing platform looking out over the estuary and seeing rare cranes, learning about how endangered Nene geese have been helped in Hawaii, spotting a sleeping otter and feeding a range of native wildfowl such as swans, geese and ducks.