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Lyminge Forest in Kent is under threat from the development of a holiday and leisure park. Eco-warriors have moved into the forest to protest against the proposed development. The protesters are trying to save the habitat of the rare nightjar bird, which thrives in the coniferous woodland ecosystem at Lyminge. We can find out more about ecosystem changes through pollen grain analysis, which provides a record of which plants have grown in a particular area. With thanks to Clouds Hill.

Classroom Ideas

Could be used to look at threats to ecosystems. The issues at Lyminge Forest could be contrasted with the destruction of the world's rainforests. Students could be asked to suggest why protesters choose to camp at Lyminge and whether their individual efforts will make a difference.

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