It has been good to be back on site at Magdalen Hill nature reserve with pupils this term, as part of our Community Service programme. Working in support of the Butterfly Conservation organisation, pupils add many valuable hours to help maintain this special chalk downland.
Butterfly Conservation aims to conserve landscapes, and restore habitat, to promote biodiversity and support insect populations. Winchester College pupils have been working for three years in conjunction with the organisation's own team of dedicated volunteers.
Each week wayward brambles have been kept at bay, stiles and gates cleared of determined weeds, the occasional rusted gate removed. Bramble-busting has been a routine and essential job at the site to keep access points and pathways clear, but there have been some ambitious projects too. Over two terms, pupils worked extremely hard to dig out and construct a pond and much effort was put into gathering materials to create a natural and varied area around its perimeter. Further constructions include a reptile hibernaculum and a bug hotel.
During the Autumn months, pupils have the opportunity to learn and put into practise the tradition of hedgelaying. Specialised tools are used to splice, bend, stake, and weave hedge stems into one continuous hedgerow to create a dense natural barrier to provide essential habitats and corridors for a variety of wildlife on the reserve.
By visiting weekly, Winchester College pupils contribute to the important and extensive work the Butterfly Conservation undertakes to manage and maintain Magdalen Hill nature reserve.
29th June 2021
Sixth Form pupils have launched their new companies for Young Enterprise 2021 after a year of planning and development.
14th June 2021
On Sunday 13 June, we hosted the premiere of our Sixty Second Cinema film competition, showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of our first year film makers.
13th June 2021
A number of our Community Service projects seek to make an important environmental impact. The teacher leading our rewilding project in Berkshire, Adam Rattray, explains the context and the progress that has already been made.
28th April 2021
On 28 April 2021, the College's political society welcomed the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP to a virtual event for boys and staff. The talk covered a diverse range of topics, from Mr Rees-Mogg's position as Leader of the House of Commons to his vision for the country and how to improve socio-economic equality.
22nd November 2020
The Royal Navy section of the CCF marked Trafalgar Day 2020 by collectively sending the message: England expects that every man will do his duty.
8th November 2020
A wintry Winchester was the perfect location for the boys' first introduction to bushcraft and survival skills.