Week Two

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Welcome to the second week of our Home Learning series, good to see you again. This week, our topic is the ‘three Ps’. Do you know what you should be flushing down the toilet? Watch this short video to learn what three items we should be flushing down the toilet, and what might happen if we do not follow the rule of the three Ps.

We have introduced these online learning opportunities in response to Covid-19, which has prevented us from going into schools in the Ribble Catchment as we normally would. This is our way of bringing our educational topics to you at home so you can continue to learn all about rivers and wildlife. Each week we will be providing a new main topic, a Wildlife Fact file and a quiz.

Here is Rob from Ribble Rivers Trust to explain to you why there are only exactly three things that we should be flushing down the toilet.


What do you think? Will you think differently about what you flush down your toilet now? How about videoing your own Toilet Paper vs Wet Wipe experiment?

Our Wildlife Fact file this week is focusing on the Mayfly nymph. The mayfly has a lifecycle made up of four stages, of which the nymph (or larva) is one. See the fact file and lifecycle below and click on the images to open them as a pdf.



How much have you learnt about what you can flush down the toilet and the mayfly nymph? Test your knowledge with a quiz! If you aren’t sure about an answer, go back and watch the video or read the fact file again.

  1. Which one of these is NOT one of the three Ps, so should not be flushed down the toilet?
    1. Pee
    2. Poo
    3. Plastic
    4. Paper
  1. What is an immature mayfly called?
    1. Childish
    2. Nymph/larva
    3. Dun/spinner
    4. Invertebrate
  1. Is it OK to flush biodegradable wet wipes down the toilet?
  1. How many stages are there in the mayfly lifecycle?
  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. Four
  1. Which of these are a threat to mayflies?
    1. Climate change
    2. Habitat loss
    3. Pollution
    4. All of the above
  1. What are fatbergs?
    1. Big icebergs
    2. A build up of fat in your body
    3. Accumulation of solid waste in sewers
    4. A wide mountain
  1. What habitat types can mayfly nymphs be found in?
    1. Saltwater and wetland
    2. Freshwater and wetland
    3. Freshwater and grassland
    4. Desert and rainforest
  1. What do mayfly larvae eat?
    1. Algae
    2. Flying insects
    3. Chocolate biscuits
    4. Birds
  1. How long do mayfly nymphs stay in the water for before emerging as duns?
    1. A few weeks
    2. A couple of months
    3. Around two years
    4. About ten years
  1. How many segments is the mayfly nymph’s body split into?
    1. Three
    2. Eight
    3. Ten
    4. Twleve

Click here to see the answers!