Learning from Home – Connecting with Wildlife

There are some fabulous online learning resources available to help you enjoy wildlife from home or in your garden. Please be aware that you may not be able to carry out all of the activities at the moment, but there are plenty of things to do close to home in the meantime.

The list is growing daily, so why not follow the organisations listed on Facebook or Twitter and keep up to date with new resources as they become available.

Amateur Entomologists’ Society – The Bug Club has lots of insect related resources – https://www.amentsoc.org/bug-club/

Back from the Brink – Arts, Crafts and Creative nature themed activities for everyone -https://naturebftb.co.uk/2020/04/06/fun-activities-to-enjoy-at-home/

Barn Owl Trust – Barn Owl facts and fun for kids – https://www.barnowltrust.org.uk/owl-facts-for-kids/

Bat Conservation Trust – for lots of bat related activities -https://www.bats.org.uk/resources/education-outreach-resources/resources-for-teachers-youth-leaders

Buglife – insect related activities to enjoy – https://www.buglife.org.uk/get-involved/children-and-schools/activities-to-do-withchildren/

https://www.buglife.org.uk/get-involved/children-and-schools/activities-for-schools/

Bumblebee Conservation – lots of bee related activities -https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/learning-zone/

Butterfly conservation – a range of butterfly related activities Munching caterpillars https://butterfly-conservation.org/our-work/education/munching-caterpillars

Family fun from home https://butterfly-conservation.org/our-work/education/family-fun-from-home

Countryside Classroom – connecting schools with food, farming and the natural environment  – https://www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk

Council for Learning outside the classroom – with links to a large range of learning resources from a range of organisations – https://www.lotc.org.uk/resources/education-resources/

Devon Wildlife Trust – learn about marvellous minibeasts on land and in the sea -https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/minibeasts

Field Studies Council – Including details of the FREE #fieldworklive sessions focussing on Geography and Science elements of the National Curriculum – https://www.field-studies-council.org/resources-and-ideas/

Forestry England – try a Google Expedition bringing the forest to life from home through virtual field trips – https://www.forestryengland.uk/100/google-expeditions

https://www.forestryengland.uk/spotter-guides-and-activity-sheets

Froglife – for all things amphibian – https://www.froglife.org/learning-zone/resources/

Hawk Conservancy Trust – Owlets Children’s Activity Sheets – https://www.hawk-conservancy.org/2020/04/10/childrens-activity-sheets/

Hedgehog street – lots of information about hedgehogs -https://www.hedgehogstreet.org

Learning through landscapes- lots of outdoor learning ideas, many that can be done close to home – https://www.ltl.org.uk/free-resources/

Mammal Society – Foxy Facts – https://www.mammal.org.uk/school-resources/

National History Museum – Try this at home – A wide range of learning resources and activities – https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/try-this-at-home.html

National Trust – 50 things to do in your back garden -https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/50-things-activities-to-do-in-your-back-garden?campid=Social_Central_Spring_Twitter_50things030420

Plantlife – with meadow related activities, which will inspire you to transform your lawn into a species rich grassland -https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/learning-and-volunteering/schools

Building Resilience in South West Woodlands resources with activities to help learn about trees, lichens and ferns – https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/our-work/conservation-projects/woodland/building-resilience-in-south-west-woodlands/building-resilience-resources

People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) – resources about Hedgehogs – https://ptes.org/get-informed/education-resources/hedgehog-activities/

and Kids gone wild – https://ptes.org/kids-gone-wild/

Rockpool Project – Cornwall based social enterprise with some activities for those of you missing the beach – https://www.therockpoolproject.co.uk/resources/

Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening – with ideas you can incorporate into your own garden to help make it more wildlife friendly – https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/try-this-at-home.html

RSPB – Lots of activities about birds and other wildlife -https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/facts-about-nature/

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/activities/

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/kids-stories/

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/lesson-plans-and-supporting-resources/

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/schools-wild-challenge/

South East Rivers Trust – Project Kingfisher with some great river themed learning materials – https://www.southeastriverstrust.org/river-education-home-activities/

Sussex Wildlife Trust – Home Learning pages – are providing weekly ‘Curriculum Ideas for Outdoor Home Learning’ updates – https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/homelearning

The Orchard Project – with a lovely exercise about the apples of the British Isles -https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/guides_and_advice/primary-school-activities-lesson-plans-ernest-cook-trust/

Wildlife Watch Activity Sheets – lots of nature related activity sheets to download – https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/activity-sheets

Wildlife Watch Education Resources – lots of ideas for all ages. I love the Brambly Hedge section! – https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/educational-resources

Woodland Trust – lots of nature related activities including the Tree Tools for Schools resources -https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/

http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/categorymenu/?cat=activities

For activities linked to the National Curriculum -http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/finder/?cat=finder

There is also an excellent new farming learning resource that is well worth a look.

#LockdownLearning – a project developed by the National Farmers Union and EatFarmNow with lots of activities and resources about farming-https://eatfarmnow.com/category/lockdown-learning/