A nature reserve that hosts visits from local schools is set to launch an exciting new project about the earth and natural heritage.
College Lake, the flagship nature reserve of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, is located in a former chalk quarry near Tring.
For decades the site, which was a farm before the land was opened up to extract chalk, has been yielding up fossils, prehistoric specimens and geological mysteries.
Now the wildlife trust has been awarded a £74,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a project covering the geology and agricultural heritage of the site.
Spokesman Christopher Williams said: “College Lake is such an amazing place to learn about geology and how soil creates wildlife habitats.
“For the last 30 years we’ve been collecting fossils and specimend from the chalk, and now we will be able to display these and use them in our education work.”
Earth Explorers will become a central part of the College Lake education programme. Every year, more than 3,500 schoolchildren from schools across Bucks, Beds and Herts visit the site.
When the project is up and running in 2016, it will be linked with the Key Stage 2 curriculum focus on rocks, soils and evolution.