Biodiversity is can be defined as the variety of organisms that can be found in a particular ecosystem. Biodiversity is every where we look – from wildflowers and insects to mammals and birds. It includes woodlands, meadows, wetlands and other natural habitats, as well as man-made places such as plantations, fields, canals and gardens – even ‘wasteland’ can be a very valuable resourse for wildlife
Getting going with Biodiversity
Conduct a school biodiversity survey
Examine and record habitat diversity in the school grounds. Pupils can learn the skills of sampling, mapping, data presentation and identification charts.
Build bird & bat boxes
Unfortunately both bird and bat populations have been declining, making bird and bat boxes is an excellent way to help our flying friends live and breed. Make sure the boxes don’t face the sun and are not exposed to the rain. By providing food for birds and other animals you will help to attract them to your grounds where they can be watched and studied.
Get guest speaker
There are a wide variety of different organisations that you can invite, Such as a wildlife presenter, ranger or conservation officer to come to your school and talk about biodiversity and/or conservation. This may involve a talk or even the display of native plants or animals. Pupils will be able to generate a range of questions to ask the presenter based on acquired knowledge.
Have a planting day
Work with gardening staff, identify what and where native species of trees, shrubs and hedgerows can be planted. These will help to attract a wide range of insects, birds and small mammals that feed on them. Invite members of the community to join in. Sign up and be part of a global challenge - the billion tree campaign (http://www.plant-for-the-planet-billiontreecampaign.org/)
- What is the perfect bug habitat – design and make the best hotel in the garden
- Work with local conservation officers. The students can then can do conservation surrey countryside
- Ant farms and Wormeries!
Other activities and case studies from Eco-Schools can be found on both the Eco-Schools website and the Pod website. Don’t forget you can contact your local Green Flag Ambassador school for advice too.
For a range of lessons to help combine litter topic with the curriculum visit the Eco-Schools website
Support is available from Council Officers and other organisations, Contact firstname.lastname@example.org