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School children enjoy a trip aboard “The Danny”

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MORE than 100 primary school children enjoyed river trips on a historic steam ship – accompanied by members of Warrington’s New Cut Heritage and Ecology group.
The trip was aboard the restored steam canal tug the Daniel Adamson on the River Weaver and was a unique educational experience involving ornithologists, professional artists, marine engineers and waterway enthusiasts, all sharing their knowledge and experience with the pupils.
Members of the bird survey group from the New Cut Heritage group provided binoculars, identification sheets, and informal chats about what the children were seeing
On each of the cruises, the children spotted more than 25 different species of birds, some quite rare, with the spectacle of herons taking to flight and buzzards circling their prey being the most popular.
They helped the children with bird identification and the birds spotted included herons, mallards, coot, moor hen, buzzards and crows, to name but a few.
A Cinnabar Moth caterpillar was spotted during a painting activity and the children were able to see what it turns into – a lovely black and red day-flying moth.
Other activities for the children included art, deck skills and geography and history.
Highlight of the day for the children was a trip along the newly-dredged river between Sutton Weaver and Acton bridge where they enjoyed waving to narrow boaters en route and witnessing the movement of the barges laden with mud from the dredging operations being carried out by Canal and River Trust.

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