The WHS Natural History Society
FIRST: 1954
LAST: 1957
N°: 4


Sp 1957


TWO EXCURSIONS were enjoyed during the Autumn.

A party of nine boys joined the Suffolk Naturalists in a Fungus Foray. Under the guidance of Mr. Porter, a distinguished mycologist, they collected and identified nearly all the genera of fungi and added some new finds to the records of the county.

Another party of 30 boys spent a Sunday in the marsh flats along the River Deben under the guidance of Mr Hanson. Many wading and estuary birds were observed at close quarters - for some of the younger boys this was a fascinating introduction to a most worthwhile and rewarding hobby.



Su 1955

The summer term saw the culmination of our year's work. After much collection and planting, the pond in front of the school was properly established with lilies and plants, stocked with a variety of fish and animals and is now a thing of beauty - and a source of much pleasure and interest to those interested in this branch of Natural History. We hope to see it used properly and - its creatures added to. There is room for plenty of new members who are interested in the studying of nature in this lovely country area.



Sp 1955

The winter terms have been spent in preparation of the large ornamental pond in front of the School. Much labour has gone into emptying the water (and varied contents) and in cleaning up the statue and stone-work of the pond. We were all surprised to see how white and clean it does look when the grime of ages had been removed.

We have had a new pipe and valve fitted to enable the pond to be emptied, and will soon have connected a water pipe to fill the pond easily.

We hope this summer then, to be able to encourage the natural history side of the pond - filling it with plants and possibly some large fish. It will enrich the beauty of our premises and be a source of much pleasure and education for those whose interest lies in the natural life in ponds.



W 1954

The Society has met regularly and has endeavoured to foster the interests of naturalists of all ages. These differ greatly, but much fine work has been done, and experience gained.

Butterflies, moths and insects have been collected, preserved and identified; skeletons of many animals have been preserved; skins of mammals have been prepared and a few attempts at taxidermy have been made.

The training of enormous stag beetles will always he a speciality of Woolverstone, but as more basic knowledge is acquired I feel sure that more boys are going to find for themselves the delight in the pursuit of nature in this beautiful part of England.