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Pupils `tern' their attention to Antrim coast's natural treasures

St MacNissi's primary seven pupils Yannah, Zeke and Maria

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PRIMARY seven pupils have unveiled an eye-catching Treasures of our Sea poster to mark their participation in a seabird projects.

As Larne Lough is an internationally important site for seabird species - particularly roseate terns - RSPB NI has been working with P5-7 pupils in the area since January.

Pupils at St MacNissi's PS in Larne created a poster with children 11 other schools including Cairncastle, Whitehead and St Anthony's.

Children received a series of visits from RSPB NI to help them appreciate their marine environment and learn why Larne Lough is a vitally important area for seabirds.

Jo Mulholland, RSPB NI Learning Assistant, delivered the project to the schools.

"This project has been so warmly embraced by all of the schools taking part and it's a fun and engaging way for us to help children start thinking about the seabirds and the other natural treasures to be found in this part of Northern Ireland," she said.

"We think it has helped them to appreciate all sorts of marine species and to understand what they can do to look after the environment and to give nature a home along the Antrim coast."

An outreach programme has included teacher lesson plans, outdoor learning sessions and advice on doing practical things to help nature in their school grounds. Children also completed a home study toolkit dedicated to the natural history and treasures of Larne Lough.

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