26th November 2021 — Geography students at Monmouth School for Girls have experienced the wonders of tropical rainforests.
The pupils handled very exotic fauna, namely a Giant Malaysian Leaf insect, a giant millipede and a friendly Mexican red-legged tarantula.
Dave Shaw, an entomologist and experienced rainforest traveller, visited the school to deliver his amazing Rainforest Roadshow ecosystem to Year 8 children.
With the aid of his extensive photographic library and tribal artefacts, Mr Shaw discussed the biodiversity of these forests and the lives of people who call them home.
Pupils heard about deforestation, cattle ranching, mining, mega dams, and the production of soya and palm oil.
They were also made aware of the announcements on deforestation in the recent UN COP26 Climate Change Conference, where more than 100 countries signed up to reduce deforestation.
“Year 8 have been studying the country of Brazil and their attention has now turned to the Amazon Rainforest and issues facing all rainforests around the world,” explained Mr Nick Meek, Head of Geography.
“We encouraged pupils to research the many threats facing rainforests and indigenous tribes, through organisations such as Rainforest Concern and Survival International.”
The day started with a whole group presentation on the importance of rainforests to the world and their indigenous communities.
The remainder of the day was divided into class workshops where pupils explored rainforest products and tribal artefacts.
Pupils will now focus on mega dams on the Amazon River and soya bean and palm oil cultivation in their Geography lessons this half term.
Mr Meek added: “Great fun was had by everyone. It was an entertaining and fun way for our girls to learn about one of the world’s most important ecosystems.”