Biodiversity

There are currently 2.5 million grey squirrels in the UK, but only 140,000 red squirrels.

Visit our Biodiversity Pinterest for some quick and simple ideas for this topic.

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!

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Other Actions

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 school grounds to grow throughout the summer and studying the plants and insects in this area.

Find out more about the BLUE Campaign here.

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

 

School Examples

De La Salle School, St Helens

Pictured is the largest insect hotel in the world. Pupils of De La Salle and teacher Kieron decided to create a bug hotel in June 2019 as part of their Eco-Schools work. After researching bug hotels, they found out that the largest in the world was relatively nearby in Martine Mere nature reserve measuring in at 19 metres. They knew it would be a challenge to build bigger, but it could be done! Enlisting the help of their wider community (Step 5: Informing and Involving) they collected donations from parents, friends, local businesses and the council before beginning construction. In July 2020, their insect hotel was officially crowned the largest in the world by Guinness World Records.

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Golborne High School, Wigan

GoalCo (The Golborne and Lowton Cooperative Learning Partnership Trust) is an education co-operative. On the Golborne High School Site, we created a wetland from an old hockey pitch as we wanted to attract wildlife in this disused space. A local company (Murphy's) wanted to give something back to the community, so they agreed to help create the Wetland Area. With advice and inspiration from Wigan's Healthy Lifestyles team and their Biodiversity Manager, Muprhy's dug out the old hockey pitch and created a base for a hide. With money from the Wigan Deal and Brighter Borough Funding, GoalCo has been able to secure a learning outdoor resource: a mobile classroom/hide where community groups can go to watch nature. The classes love the area as do our local community and we have recently had some paths installed, so that it is accessible to all. Events that have taken place are pond dipping, den building, bug hotel creating and nature art lessons as well as (of course) nature watching.

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