A garden has been designed to include a number of different habitats. It includes a woodland edge habitat, a pond habitat and a ditch habitat. The woodland edge habitat has plants which need shade. Dead wood is vital to this habitat for insects such as woodlice. The pond habitat has typical aquatic plants and animals as well as visiting insects such as dragonflies. Toads, frogs and newts need two habitats. They need a pond area for breeding and a moist ditch area during the summer months. The plants in this area rely on the moisture in the ditches and need these conditions to be able to survive.
Children could explore plants and animals in their local park and playground using pooters and magnifying glasses to aid their observations. A nature walk may be lead by the teacher to help show children different plants and animals in the local environment. Pretending to be nature detectives will encourage children to think about why different plants and animals can be found in different places.