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20 October 2014
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Feeding Wildlife

bird at feeder

Autumn Term's Do One Thing: Feeding Wildlife

This term's Do One Thing will help birds through the winter by providing them with food and water. You will also learn about mammals and the wider food chains that will be found in your Breathing Place.

The Teacher's Notes will help you to plan the best way to feed birds and to create suitable food from waste and recycled materials. You will find lots of interesting facts about feeding wildlife along with ideas for related activities in a range of curriculum areas.

You will find out how you can help your pupils to discover the mammals visiting your school grounds.

The curriculum guide provides information applicable to all areas of the country. There are also two activity sheets to download.

You will need Adobe Acrobat reader to access these PDF files. BBC Webwise has a complete guide to downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat reader.

Some birds found in school grounds

  • Blackbird - The male blackbird is black with a bright yellow bill, while the female is brown. Blackbirds have a long tail and often hop along the ground with their tail up. In winter, migrant blackbirds from northern Europe join our resident birds.
  • Blackbird drinking
  • Starling - These noisy characters are usually seen foraging in small flocks. At a distance, starlings look black, but close up you can see they have green and purple, glossy feathers, covered in white and buff spots.
  • Black-headed gull - A small white gull with a light grey back, red beak and legs, and in winter a white head with a black spot behind the eye. It only gets its black head in summer.
  • Woodpigeon - Woodpigeons are the largest of the pigeon family. They have a small, round, grey head, greyish back, tail and wings with a pink breast and white neck patch.
  • House sparrow - These are often seen in small flocks. Males have a grey crown, black bib, reddish-brown back streaked with black, and grey breast and belly, while females have brown, streaky backs and are buff below.

What can children do?

Children will be able to:

  • make food for hanging and ground feeders
  • make a self-filling water dispenser
  • observe and identify birds
  • track mammals and identify their footprints
  • play the foodchain game
  • enjoy a range of art-based activities


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