Geography KS3 / GCSE: How animals have adapted to live in the Italian Alps

Wildlife presenter Ferne Corrigan explores the Alpine mountains around La Thuile in Italy to see how people, plants and animals have adapted to live here.

Ferne starts by locating the alpine mountain ranges around the world before describing the climate and landscape.

She explains traditional alpine farming and land use in the valleys as well as the adaptations of trees and plants, before describing how the ibex and alpine marmot have adapted to the conditions.

This clip is from the series Ecosystems and Biomes.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

This could be used to introduce students to the alpine biomes, and how different species have adapted to these extreme conditions.

Students could create fact-files on how plants, animals and people have adapted to thrive in this biome.

Students could take a more in-depth look at the farming techniques developed by people living in the valleys to make the most of the conditions available.

Key Stage 4

This could be used to refresh students knowledge of the alpine biomes, and how different species have adapted to these extreme conditions.

Students could create fact-files on how plants, animals and people have adapted to thrive in this biome.

Students could take a more in-depth look at the farming techniques developed by people living in the valleys to make the most of the conditions available.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 and GCSE.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.