One-off projects KS1-2

Short of time? Get involved anyway with a one-off biodiversity project.

Click on the project title to download a folder with all the information you need to get started. Chosen your project? Email us and let us know!

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Sketch 2015-10-19 19_52_48Birds Sketch 2015-10-19 19_11_42Moths & Butterflies
  • Check whether birds have a favourite food colour
  • Time of year: Any time
  • Time to complete: Place food in the morning, check later in the day (1 hour)
  • Equipment: FSC bird identification chart, food colouring, dough, bird table, scales
  • Curriculum links: identify birds, data recording and presentation, taking measurements, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, computer skills
      • Set out a light box or make sugar ropes to attract moths
      • Record the species, measure the temperature and record the date
      • Time of year: Any time (summer term best)
      • Time to complete: One hour to make sugar ropes, set up overnight, one hour to identify species next day
      • Equipment: light box OR sugar, cola, treacle, wood for frame, and string; thermometer, magnifying glass, small clear containers for holding insects, identification guide
      • Curriculum links: use of everyday materials, data recording and presentation, taking measurements, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
Sketch 2015-10-19 19_27_42Mammals Sketch 2015-10-20 14_50_20[2]Pondlife
    • Record species of mammals in an area of your grounds using camera trap or animal prints
    • Time of year: Any time
    • Time to complete: Trap placed one evening, one hour next day to identify species
    • Equipment: Camera trap OR clay and metal tray, identification guides
    • Curriculum links: identify mammals, identify carnivores and herbivores, habitats, food chains, data recording and presentation, animal nutrition, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, computer skills
  • Measure the temperature and record the date
  • Pond dip to discover which insect species live in the pond
  • Time of year: Any time (late winter term/early summer term best)
  • Time to complete: 1-2 hours
  • Equipment: thermometer, nets, small bucket, magnifying glass, teaspoons, FSC identification sheets
  • Curriculum links: structure of common animals, change over seasons, habitats, data recording and presentation, food chains, taking measurements, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills

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