On the 26th of February, a few members of the Junior School Nature Club along with few Junior boarders had a lovely experience exploring the wonders of nature accompanied by two teachers and the Junior Boarding House Master. Two senior lecturers; Dr. Nilmini Jayasena from the University of Peradeniya, and Dr. Kanishka Ukuwela from the University of Rajarata, accompanied them to help identify birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and many species of plant.
It was a great opportunity for the students to explore under rocks and logs along the pathway where they found a treasure trove of scorpions, frogs, snails and skeletons. The students were very fortunate to observe endemic birds, such as the Spot-winged Thrush, Gray Hornbill; migrants such as the Layard’s Flycatcher, Orange-headed Thrush, Indian Paradise Flycatcher and many others.
Troops of Macaques entertained them with their antics and a barking deer was seen quietly grazing under the lush green vegetation. The rustling of leaves, and sunlight streaming through the canopy was a new experience for most students who spend most of their time surrounded by concrete and artificial light.
– Nature Club of Junior School