We counted -
To appreciatethe song of the skylark, we lay down on our blankets, and closed our eyes to 'bathe' in the meadow.
We felt the wind on our skin, listened to insect life and bird song, trying to shut out the manmade noises of road and air traffic. We really connected to the landscape and relaxed deeply, becoming aware of our own connections within the landscape.
Opening our eyes again, we realised just how much wildlife there is, busy all aroud us, that we usually miss. When we use our sight, we focus only on what we can see.
Using the Big Butterfly Count information and our own resources, we learned lots about the different species of butterflies and moths. This helped knowing which we could try to identify when we didthe count.
We imagined which creatures we would turn into if we could change form in our own chrysallis. There were profound responses, which provoked the imagination.
After our Big Count, we all created nature butterflies with leaves, twigs, flowers and buds collected on the walk.
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