Thursday, 1 November 2012

Big Habitat Hunt competition

This morning I sat down with Tracy Carr from Western Power Distribution to look through the competition entries for our Big Habitat Hunt.This child-led survey of the school grounds was carried out in the summer term to investigate the potential for wildlife around schools in Avon. Pupils studied different habitats; ponds, hedges, school fields, trees etc to discover the amount of biodiversity that they had in school. Using this knowledge, pupils were encouraged to develop their own designs for improvement to their school and to make it more attractive to a wider variety of wildlife. Western Power Distribution have very kindly donated £1000 prize money to the best design so that the school can start to implement their plans.

Some of the designs were very creative, with underground classrooms, sharks and dolphins in the school pond and huge waterfalls! But some of the best designs made suggestions for small yet achievable changes that would create new habitats for wildlife, such as creating log piles, making bird boxes and allowing areas of grass to grow longer. For more ideas on how to develop your outside environment at school visit our wildschools website.

If you'd like to take a look at some more of the entries visit our Facebook page here and keep an eye on the blog to find out the winner! 

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