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Schools and Biodiversity

Schools and Biodiversity

These pages have been designed to be used by teachers and pupils to enable Worcestershire schools to investigate, learn about and record the biodiversity in and around their school grounds.

Learning about Biodiversity

A series of colourful educational factsheets have been produced for schools to use. These will tell you about the different species and habitats in Worcestershire's Biodiversity Action Plan and give you some ideas and advice about creating more wildlife-friendly habitats in your own school grounds.

Mapping Biodiversity

Parish Mapping projectThe Parish Mapping project, involving the four first schools within the Vision Mapping project area - Himbleton, Feckenham, Hanbury and Stoke Prior - ended in July 2006. The project was a huge success and involved the schools working with artists and nature conservation staff to explore their local community and natural environment.

Parish Mapping ProjectFour fantastic pieces of artwork were produced and the whole process was captured on DVD.  If your school would like to get inspired by watching what the Parish Mapping project got up to please contact Rupert Brakspear, Education for Sustainable Development Officer at Worcestershire County Council, on 01905 766378 or RBrakspear@worcestershire.gov.uk.

The Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL)

Soil and earthworm survey The Natural History Museum's Open Air Laboratories network co-ordinates survey activities every year into subjects such as soil, air, biodiversity and climate change. Everyone who signs up to take part in a survey receives instructions, identification charts and all the other information you will need. Visit the OPAL website on  to discover what surveys are currently taking place. OPAL also sometimes have grants available for nature projects - check the website for the latest news.

Let the Grass Grow Long

We want to know about the grass in your school garden and playing field and encourage schools to give just a little patch of grass a reprieve from the mower and let it grow long!

We have designed simple-to-use instruction sheets (available to download below) on creating and looking after an area of long grass, an ID key to some of the different plants that just might come up in your new grassy wildlife garden, and a survey sheet to record what you see.  

School Grounds Habitat Survey

Tell us what wildlife habitats you have in your school grounds. You could carry out the survey by exploring the grounds with your class, wildlife club, ECO-club or as an after school activity.

You might even know your grounds well enough to do the survey without going outside! You can fill in the survey online straightaway by following the link below, or print out the form and carry a copy outside with you, transferring your answers to the computer later. 

Access the Online Habitat Survey recording form or download the Printable Habitat Survey recording form (PDF 13 KB)

Learning for Sustainability

Worcestershire County Council has a dedicated team who work primarily with schools around the education for sustainable development theme, including the EcoSchools and Sustainable Schools programmes. Visit the Sustainability section for more information.

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External websites

  • Worcester Wildlife Trust
    Information about Worcestershire Wildlife Trust's junior membership club and schools education programmes.
  • Wildlife Watch 
    Information about the national junior membership club of The Wildlife Trusts.
  • Nature Detectives
    The Woodland Trust run the Nature Detectives club for schools and families.
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This page was last reviewed 1 July 2013 at 14:02.
The page is next due for review 28 December 2014.