Pupils from Bere Regis Primary and Pre-School have been busy learning about biodiversity and habitats in May’s Wood, owned by Queen guitarist Brian May.

Today (September 28) will be the tenth anniversary of the inaugural community planting day when some of the schools' parents and teachers met the rock star and watched him plant the first oak tree in the woodland.

The native forest, with 110,000 trees planted over 157 acres, has now almost matured and this new generation of students has explored the area to complement their environmental studies.

Dorset Echo: The students had a tick sheet for their environmental studiesThe students had a tick sheet for their environmental studies (Image: Linda Lamon)

Mike Gee from the Bere Regis Wildlife Group and Rob Farrington from Dorset Wildlife Trust accompanied the excited children on their bug hunts and field trips to help them identify their finds.

During their search, they encountered many different plants and insects, including furry caterpillars.

Dorset Echo: A furry caterpillar at May's woodlandA furry caterpillar at May's woodland (Image: Linda Lamon)

The five to 11-year-olds will be displaying their work in Bere Regis Village Hall this Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, as part of a photographic exhibition to commemorate the anniversary of the woodland.

Some of the children will also perform a new song called ‘A Forever Home’ at 1pm on Saturday, which celebrates how wildlife has benefitted from this new ecosystem.