Biodiversity

Caring for all plants, animals and insects

Visit our Biodiversity Pinterest  for quick activities and ideas

Learning About Forests

Learning About Forests uses nature as a classroom. The project has already launched in 28 countries around the world and engaged over 700,000 students… and now, for the first time, young people in England can join the project too!

LEAF

Other Ideas

There are a lot of other charities and organisations providing fabulous, free resources and project ideas that may help you work on our Biodiversity topic including Eco-Schools friends RSPB and their fantastic Wild Challenge.

RSPB’s Wild Challenge

RSPB’s Wild Challenges are designed to encourage young people to experience and help nature through a series of activities ranging from creating habitat heaps to going on a minibeast safari, each activity is easily adaptable and comes with resources to support. You can complete the activities as a class, year group or whole school and it is completely free to register. Schools can then work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. Upon completion, each pupil, class or year group will receive certificates and stickers and the activities can be completed with a new class or year group each year, saving on planning.

You can register for RSPB’s Wild Challenge here.

Each year the RSPB also conducts The Big School’s Birdwatch, turning young people into conservation scientists helping to track the ups and downs of birds in every corner of the UK.

You can find out more about the RSPB’s Big School’s Birdwatch here.

BLUE Campaign

The BLUE Campaign was founded by wildlife film maker Fergus Beeley in 2014 to address the decline in biodiversity across the UK. The campaign is as simple as setting aside a small part of your grounds to grow throughout the summer and studying the plants and insects in this area. Brilliant for nurseries as even the smallest area can seem like a vast wilderness to youngsters!

Find out more about the BLUE Campaign here.

WWF’s Adopt an Animal

You could raise funds to adopt an animal through the WWF or other charities. Often, when you adopt an animal you receive a free cuddly toy – sending this cuddly toy home with a different child to look after each week is a great idea leading to a discussion on how we can care for their wild relatives in the natural world.

Adopt an Animal

Biodiversity Topic Winner, Eco-Schools Award Ceremony

Read about Heswall Primary School’s project ‘Extinction is Forever,’ the project that won Eco-Schools first ever Biodiversity Topic Award at the Eco-Schools National Award Ceremony 2019.

Read about Heswall’s Extinction is Forever campaign

The Mall Nursery and Creche, Luton

The Mall Nursery and Creche in Luton have been completing wonderful environmental projects with their children. Focusing on the topic, 'New Life, Plants and Insects' children made bees and sunflowers using recycled materials, whilst discussing the important role bees play in sustaining all life on our planet. Children learnt that bees carry pollen to lots of different plants, helping new plants to grow. Then fantastic staff members at the nursery, contacted management at the mall they are based in, who agreed to fund and place beehives on the roof. Now the Eco-Committee regularly talk to their beekeeping friend who tells them what plants they should grow to help his bees help the world.

Nursery Website

Greengables Day Nursery, Sandhurst

The Eco-Committee of practitioners and children at Greengables decided that the Biodiversity topic should be included in their Action Plan, with a particular focus on planting to improve their immediate environment.
First the Eco-Committee researched which herbs, vegetables and plants that would be particularly enticing to butterflies and bees! They then learned about the best conditions to ensure their growth and survival, before planting in their raised beds!
The children loved the entire experience - seeing insect visitors, monitoring changes to the plants as they grow and even harvesting vegetables. This project has given children a sense of pride in their nursery and themselves, and has aided their physical development whilst providing an understanding of the world... it even helped their math's skills as children counted shovel loads of dirt removed and replaced during planting!

Nursery Website

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