The school of Ennetières-en-Weppes has become a haven for birds and biodiversity

This Saturday, the public school of Ennetières-en-Weppes officially became a haven for the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO). What does that mean?



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A few months ago it was nothing more or less than a water spillway, close to the sports complex. But in the minds of the children it became ” The water lily pond So the town hall services said: chick. Plants have been introduced. We’ve already seen new beasts coming.

Marjorie Thurotte explained the project to the residents who came in large numbers during the inauguration.
Marjorie Thurotte explained the project to the residents who came in large numbers during the inauguration.
The kids invented and named the different areas of this sanctuary, such as the water lily pond!
The kids invented and named the different areas of this sanctuary, such as the water lily pond!

Becoming an LPO refuge is something like this: taking advantage of what’s around and improving it to accommodate and develop biodiversity. Today the LPO is trying more and more developing shelters within schoolsbecause it is through the young generation that it will pass ‘, remarks chairman Paul Maerten.

“When we walk today, we take the time to observe: we see the birds, the insects”

In Ennetières-en-Weppes, contact was easily established two years ago when the building settled in the city (it has since returned to Lille). Ennetières-en-Weppes is certainly located in a privileged and green environmentbut when we got here we realized there was very little biodiversity “. While it only takes a little bit to help him. Example ? To access the school, there is a beautiful driveway lined with trees. But the grass there was always carefully mowed. It is now budding, what the return of certain plants, the first link in the food chain. And the kids now call him ” The bird forest

Marjorie Thurotte, who co-led the project with Marlène Garcia, explained the biodiversity benefits of leaving grass rather than mowing.
Marjorie Thurotte, who co-led the project with Marlène Garcia, explained the biodiversity benefits of leaving grass rather than mowing.
Paul Maerten and Jean-Claude Flinois during the inauguration of the LPO shelter installed around the school of Ennetières-en-Weppes.
Paul Maerten and Jean-Claude Flinois during the inauguration of the LPO shelter installed around the school of Ennetières-en-Weppes.

An educational trail

Among other achievements: a “garden of scents”, a plant fresco, insect hotels (where they can hibernate and lay their eggs), numerous nest boxes, etc. And then several panels were installed to create an educational trail. Because the entire park around the school has been taken over. The idea is also to make all residents aware of: The town halls regularly have complaints when the grass is not mowed with the impression that it is not being maintained. So it’s important to explain the process, it’s not dirty, it’s very rich », explains Marjorie Thurotte, nature animator at the LPO, to the very many residents who came to the inauguration this Saturday.

Multiple panels have been placed to create an educational trail.
Multiple panels have been placed to create an educational trail.

An inauguration that is also the highlight from a project that started at the end of 2019† † When we walk today, we take the time to observe: we see the birds, the insects. And it’s a great way to learn more for students… and teachers ‘, greeted the headmaster of the school, Élodie Platteeuw. Now the challenge remains to keep bringing it to life: “ The one-shot is easy, but now you have to maintain “, underlined the mayor, Jean-Claude Flinois. But the LPO is confident: “ In Ennetières, a real dynamism has developed with the teachers, the town hall and the children’s council.

The inauguration took place on Saturday.
The inauguration took place on Saturday.






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