Tuesday 6 February 2018

Project 20: Local Wildlife and Birds

The local wildlife and birds project was spread over two weeks in the end (22nd Jan - 4th Feb) as we had a few days away in York half way through.

We started with some videos (https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zws87hv, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AZCcf4Fv14) and worksheets about food webs, and went into the local museum to see their exhibit on urban, woodland, and wetland wildlife.
Urban exhibit at Peterborough Museum
We followed the Wildlife Trust's instructions on how to make your own birdfeeder, and hung them in the garden to entice the birds in for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. We watched the garden for an hour and saw a total of one measly pigeon!
Birdfeeder Fat Balls

The second week coincided with BBC's Winterwatch, which was a great way to introduce the children to the variety of wildlife that can be found around the country. We also went on a couple of nature walks in the local area, firstly around Woodston Ponds and then around Ferry Meadows using some of the Nene Park Trust's worksheets. The bird hide was a particularly big hit, especially after the measly returns from the big garden birdwatch.
Woodston Ponds

View from the bird hide at Ferry Meadows

Finally, we finished the project by making the RSPB's food chain mobile of an owl, a mouse, and a nut.

Food chain mobile

Next Week: Writing a short story.

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