Biodiversity boosts KS3-5

Boost the biodiversity of your school grounds with one of our improvement projects:

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Visit TES to download our KS3-5 project pack containing all projects here.

Bees Butterflies
    • Identify and count species of bees in green areas of grounds
    • Plant pollinator-friendly plants and/or make a bee box
    • Identify and count species of bees in new habitats
    • Time of year: February-September
    • Equipment: FSC bee identification chart, thermometer, plants and/or plastic drink bottle and bamboo sticks
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, classification, statistical tests
  • Identify and count species of butterflies in green areas of grounds
  • Plant meadow seeds to attract butterflies
  • Identify and count species of butterflies in new habitat
  • Time of year: Any time (summer term best)
  • Equipment: meadow seeds, thermometer, FSC identification sheets
  • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, classification, statistical tests
Mammals Pondlife
      • Record species of mammals in an area of your grounds using photos, prints, and droppings
      • Make hedgehog channels under your fences, build a hedgehog house, make a log pile to encourage small mammals
      • Time of year: Any time
      • Equipment: Crate, saw, logs, trowel, spade, stones, leaves, earth, sticks
      • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
    • Make a sink pond
    • Pond dip to discover what species are inhabiting your new habitat
    • Time of year: Early spring
    • Equipment: thermometer, nets, small bucket, magnifying glass, teaspoons, FSC identification sheets or equivalent, an old sink or equivalent, spade, stones, gravel, small aquatic plants
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
Insects Reptiles & amphibians
      • Survey a green area of your grounds for insect species
      • Build a bug hotel, bury a bucket for beetles (and then dig it up a year later to check for inhabitants)
      • Survey your green area for insect species again
      • Time of year: March – October
      • Equipment: FSC insect identification chart, flowerpots, thermometer, magnifying glass, small clear containers for holding insects
      • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
  • Put down mats to monitor reptiles and amphibians in your grounds
  • Build a compost heap and a log pile
  • Put down mats to monitor reptiles and amphibians again
  • Time of year: Spring/Summer terms
  • Equipment: carpet tiles, rubber gloves, camera, logs, compost, species identification guide
  • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, statistical tests

None of these for you? Go back to the project finder to look for something a bit different.

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