In November the two fourth classes went on a trip to Bull Island. Our mission was to learn about the Dublin Bay Biosphere and with some luck, catch a glimpse of the light bellied brent goose!
In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife.
Our fist stop was to the North Bull Island Interpretative Centre.
Here Niamh gave us a very interesting presentation on biodiversity. This year biodiversity is the focus of our Green Flag, so we were very interested in what she had to say.
The centre had some very interesting displays.
A group photo before we went outside!
Next up, we went to the strand and were given a list of shells to find. It was great fun.
A marine biologist showed us examples of some of the shells and worms that lived in Bull Island. Would you be brave enough to hold a rag worm? We were!
Finally, the moment we were all waiting for. Could we spot the brent goose feeding on eel grass? We were given binoculars and held our breath!
Success! We even spotted the tags that they put on the brent goose to track its journey from the Canadian Arctic Tundra.
It was a great day. Now we are waiting to see if we can spot the brent goose in the Gaels park beside our school.