SCHOOL GROUNDS HABITAT MAPPING
A basis for school ground development, helping wildlife and creating teaching resources.
School grounds can provide important sanctuaries for wildlife and at the same time provide excellent opportunities for engaging pupils with the natural world through the curriculum.
The main aim of this mapping project is to provide a template that will help schools to develop an understanding of their grounds and build up a teaching resource that can be contributed to and used by all classes with the school and also use this knowledge to help inform discussion of developing school grounds for wildlife and monitoring the results.
The map will help raise awareness of connectivity within the grounds and connectivity with the area around the school grounds – as this is how much of the wildlife will come and go each day.
Information can be built up and used by future year group, shared with other years groups, used in a cross curriculum
Plan and undertake good science skills that the children can evaluate themselves as they will be able to find the answer by re-visiting the schools grounds.
I have worked with schools in many different capacities from advising on habit mapping, school ground development and running sessions on mini-beasts, birds and other wildlife in the grounds.
“ We found out how the birds visiting our school grounds enter and move around using bird flight paths. This will help with the development of our grounds for birds. We will add water, bird feeders and nest box in places we have seen the birds – on these bird flight paths through the grounds”
“The bee map we made helped us to find out what flowers in our school the bees liked”
“I did not know that wasps are good for gardens and eat pests.”
“I found out that we had a toad living in our grounds”
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