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Observation & exploration

Listen

Sometimes, you may not see an animal, but you might hear one! From the calls of birds and scamper of a squirrel to the rustle of mice as through leaves and grass, there are lots of animal noises to listen to. Once you get used to picking out certain noises, you may become aware of just […]

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Observation & exploration

Look

Even when we are in urban environments, we are surrounded by wildlife. Many woodland animals, such as hedgehogs and foxes, have adapted to live near and around humans so you can see lots of nature from your doorstep. Others you will be able to find in their woodland habitats in local woodland and parkland. Knowing where to look and what […]

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Habitats

Woodland creatures

Badgers are a wood’s ruling clan, often occupying the same sett for generations and laying a network of well-trodden paths through the undergrowth. Badger (Meles meles) – British Mammals – Woodland Trust What else lives in a woodland?  Badgers are foragers, experts at looking for food. They have strong, stocky bodies and sharp claws help […]

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Food chains

Food chains

All living things need nutrients and energy which they get from food. Some living things – plants – can use energy they get from sunlight to make their own food. They are called PRODUCERS. Other living things, such as animals, cannot make their food in this way. To get food, some animals eat the plants (herbivores) and are known as […]

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Habitats

Habitats

What is a habitat?               A habitat is a place where plants and animals live. All living things need food, water and shelter to survive and a good habitat will provide these.  Different plants and animals live in different habitats and they are usually named after features of their location. Examples of habitats include a woodland habitat, a desert habitat or an urban […]

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Environment Natural world, natural history

Geography, Wildlife & Sustainability

All of human activity is connected to the environment. Sustainability is understanding how natural systems function and supporting the long term stability of the environment and the balance of its many, biodiverse ecosystems. Humans can improve their co-existence with the natural world by seeking to act sustainably. People not only collect specimens of living things […]

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Natural world, natural history

Why natural history?

Understanding the role of the environment in our lives and the healthy life of our planet helps us know how to protect woodland, and for woodland in turn to protect us and help fight climate change. Worldwide, scientists examine our natural world and discover more and more about how it works, how our ecosystems are connected, how many species there are. […]

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Biodiversity Ecosystem Environment Natural world, natural history

Environment, Ecosystems & Biodiversity

What is the environment? All living species of animal and plant, together with their surroundings, form the environment.  This includes the soil, rivers and air as well as our daily weather and climate. As humans we rely on our environment for food and water and the very air we breathe. Human actions can improve our environment but they can also damage it if we act unwisely.  What […]