The students in Dunboyne Senior Primary School are currently working towards their fifth Green Flag which focuses on the theme of Biodiversity. Biodiversity looks at steps which can be taken in schools to increase awareness of the importance of native plants, animals and habitats, and to increase species-richness in a locality. Having previously worked on the different themes of litter and waste, energy saving, water and travel the whole school community are working together to achieve our aim of improving and supporting Biodiversity on the school grounds. We have taken a number of actions to improve Biodiversity on the school grounds for example we have taken part in the Composting for Schools initiative with Meath County Council and made a compost container out of old pallets, we have installed a micro pond in our school garden, placed a hedgehog house, bird houses and insect hotels on the school grounds and we have planted pollinator friendly bulbs and trees. We have organised Biodiversity Workshops and worked with local Biodiversity Champion, Peter Cuthbert.
Our Green Schools Committee also meets regularly to discuss ways of raising awareness among the students around the area of Biodiversity. A very successful Action Week was held in February. During this week 6th class students brought the 3rd & 4th classes on a guided Biodiversity Trail of the school grounds, a garden clean up was organised, classes went out on a litter pick of the school grounds and all classes were invited to take part in a Poster and Slogan Competition.
Along with keeping up our efforts of recycling, saving energy and conserving water and encouraging students to walk/cycle/scoot to school where possible, we are very motivated to show our great work in supporting Biodiversity and also to achieve our next Green Flag!