One-off projects KS3-5

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

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Sketch 2015-10-20 14_50_20[2]Pondlife Sketch 2015-10-19 19_11_42Moths & Butterflies
  • Measure the temperature and record the date
  • Pond dip to discover which species live in the pond
  • Time of year: Any time (late winter term or early summer term best)
  • Time to complete: 1-2 hours
  • Equipment: thermometer, nets, small bucket, magnifying glass, teaspoons, FSC identification charts
  • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
    • Set 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
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, classification, statistical tests
Sketch 2015-10-19 19_27_42Mammals Sketch 2015-10-19 19_52_48Birds
    • Record species of mammals in an area of your grounds using camera trap or animal prints
    • Time of year: Any time
    • Time to complete: Set camera trap or clay tray one evening, one hour next day to identify species
    • Equipment: Camera trap OR clay and metal tray, identification guides
    • Curriculum links: field techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification
    • Record bird species, measure the temperature and record the date
    • Check whether birds have a favourite food colour
    • Time of year: Any time
    • Time to complete: Set up food in the morning, one hour to check later in the day
    • Equipment: FSC bird identification chart, food colouring, dough, thermometer, bird feeders, top-pan balance
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
Sketch 2015-10-20 14_56_02[2]Plants
    • See which plants are growing in your grounds and how abiotic factors affect it
    • OR
    • See which plants grow in the hedgerow and which animals live there
    • Time of year: Any time
    • Time to complete: Half a day
    • Equipment: quadrat, FSC plant identification sheets, jar, magnifying glass, small clear containers to hold insects, pH meter, ropes
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, field techniques, statistical tests, soil analysis

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