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.

This clip is from:
Science Clips, Habitats
First broadcast:
8 October 2007

When studying habitats, this clip could be shown before pupils go out into their local area to conduct their own habitat studies, measuring conditions such as light, moisture and temperature. They could use this information to discover which plants and animals are suited to each habitat. Finally, the children could share their habitat studies in the form of labelled sketches.