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Spring - Homes for wildlife

Boys at wildlife wall

Spring Term's Do One Thing: Homes for Wildlife

This term's Do One Thing will help some of the wildlife in your school grounds find a place to live.

All that you need to get started can be downloaded here. The Teacher's Notes will help you to create a Wildlife Wall providing food and lodging for minibeasts and birds. There is a simple design for a bat box that can be added to your wildlife wall and we have included lots of fascinating things to learn about bats.

A curriculum guide provides information applicable to all areas of the country.

Please click on the links below to download copies of the Teacher's Notes and Curriculum Links to get you started.

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 wildlife found in school grounds

  • Garden Spider - The garden spider is one of the commonest spiders and is found on fences and hedges. Males can grow up to 8mm long and females up to 12mm long. Look out for webs covered in early morning dew to let you know that they are in residence.
  • Moths, butterflies and caterpillars - Moths, butterflies and caterpillars come in many shapes, sizes and colours. The types that will be found in your Wildlife Wall will depend on where your school is and what plants you have grown.
  • Common pipistrelle bat - The pipistrelle is our smallest bat with a body less than 5cm long. They usually come out to hunt for insects about 20 minutes after sunset but occasionally are seen flying during the day. They may spend the day resting in a bat box.
  • Robin - The robin is easily spotted with its red breast. It is up to 14cm long. Robins are often seen in hedges and like to nest in holes in trees and walls. An open-fronted nest box or even an old teapot or kettle in your Wildlife Wall might attract a pair to raise a family.
  • # Beetles - Beetles are the largest group of minibeasts and you will find a wide variety will hunt and feed on the plants on your Wildlife Wall and in the ground underneath. Expect to see a wide range of sizes and colours of beetles.

What can children do?

Children will be able to:

  • plan the wildlife wall, its location and its design
  • plant climbing plants for the wildlife wall
  • make minibeasts' homes to add to the wall
  • make a bat box
  • watch the plants grow and the wildlife come and go
  • play the bat and moth game
  • make origami bats and do other art activities

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