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LITTLE ones have been welcoming wildlife after putting up a habitat totem pole at a school.

The youngsters from Mill Lane School Time Out Holiday Club in Chinnor worked together to create the totem using clay.

Now standing in the school’s wildlife area named ‘Gruff Land’, the clay totem pole is decorated with animals and plants that can be found in the area.

Not just a piece of art, the children also worked hard to add nest holes and nooks and crannies for nearby wildlife to inhabit.

James Ort, manager at The Phoenix Studio in Towersey, worked with the children to make the totem.

He said: “We have some clay totems at the studio, one of which had a family of blue tits nest at the top.

“It got me thinking that it would be great for the children to copy this.

“The project not only taught them how to work with clay but has also educated them about ecosystems and the niches that animals inhabit. It was also great fun!”