When it comes to questions about new technology the best people to ask are schoolchildren.
Therefore, Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Reserves Officer Phil Dykes called on youngsters from Pendle Primary School, Clitheroe, when he needed a helping hand in bringing his Salthill Quarry nature reserve into the 21st Century.
Phil came up with the idea of labelling the existing numbered posts with QR codes, offering information about each area of the Clitheroe reserve.
He said: “We have an information leaflet based on the 10 marked posts around the reserve, which is available from the local Tourist Information Office, but many visitors arrive without a copy. Hence the idea was that anyone with the right phone or iPad could simply wave it over the black and white coded squares as they walked around the reserve and the information would appear on their screens.
“I wanted to make the information relevant to all age groups so I got the help of Pendle pupils guided by their ever enthusiastic teacher, Richard Waterhouse.”
Year 6 pupils visited the reserve with Phil to get information for each area and all came up with information on what they thought was important at each of the 10 locations. Phil picked out those he thought were most interesting and the school converted the text into codes for making into signs.