Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Although it is extremely hard to determine the exact number of species that we share the planet with, we know that it is a lot and that there is great diversity. We also know that human encroachment on the natural environment can have a detrimental effect on biodiversity.

How can we make sure we reduce our impact on biodiversity? By improving children’s understanding and appreciation of it and of its importance. By nurturing the creativity they need to come up with new ways of protecting and enhancing biodiversity.

Project idea 1 – RSPB ‘Giving Nature A Home’
Taking part in the  Big Schools’ Bird Watch or Wild Challenge  can be used as evidence for your Green Flag Award application. By working collaboratively with the RSPB our aim is to enable schools to make environmental awareness an integral part of school life.

Project idea 2 – School trips into the wild
A questionnaire during the Environmental Review step might have uncovered that 50% or more of the school has never visited a nature reserve. A project that decreased that percentage to less than 10% would be a fantastic achievement. As part of the informing and involving step, an Eco-Committee might want to organise a series of school trips to a local nature reserve for pupils. Many schools are within a short journey of a managed nature reserve, even in urban areas. Most nature reserves or centres have education teams that welcome children and young people. There are fantastic opportunities for outdoor learning that are easily organised, affordable and very enjoyable.

See our full range of Biodiversity partners who can help you with this topic

Interactive Eco-School

You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your school

Interactive Eco-School