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Biodiversity

Eco-Schools At Home Activities

Hurray for Dandelions! - #EcoSchoolsAtHome

Dandelions are widely considered terrible weeds, but they are full of wonderful properties for people and a fantastic early source of pollen and nectar for insects who have been waiting hungrily all through the winter.

Find out more about Dandelions

Wildlife Watch Part 1 - #EcoSchoolsAtHome

We share out environment with thousands of other species who often need our help to make sure they can survive. One of the easiest ways we can all help is by simply looking out for and identifying different types of wildlife around where we live.

What wildlife lives near you?

Wildlife Watch Part 2 - #EcoSchoolsAtHome

Following on from Wildlife Watch Part 1, we are now going to look at how we can care for an animal that lives near us. We could decide to help them out with a new habitat, or maybe better access to food? The tricky part is figuring out the best way to help them.

How can you help wildlife?

Featured Resources

Eco-Schools Curricular Map - Biodiversity Topic

Our revised curricular maps showing Experiences and Outcomes related to the Biodiversity Topic. 

Download the curricular map for Biodiversity

Featured Resource: Ocean Plastics Live Lesson with Doug Allan (Primary)

Wildlife photographer, cameraman and Upstream Battle Ambassador Doug Allan hosts a live lesson on his work filming shows like Blue Planet, his thoughts on marine litter and answering questions from pupils.  Click the video to watch again.

What's Under Your Feet - The Pod

Join The Pod and the British Trust for Ornithology on an exciting citizen science campaign called ‘What’s under your feet’.  Uncover the impact climate change is having on birds across the UK by collecting data from soil samples in October, March and June. 

Join What's Under Your Feet with The Pod

Scottish Natural Heritage - Scotland's Species

A detailed list of the species hosted by Scotland's diverse habitats. 

Learn more about the variety of species hosted by Scotland's natural landscape

Learn more about how Scotland's landscape has been shaped over time

Scottish Natural Heritage - Activities for Your Class

Find free, downloadable resources to help you bring Scotland’s nature and landscapes to life outdoors and in the classroom.

Download activities and resources for your class

Scottish Natural Heritage - Dictionary of Gaelic Nature Words

Scottish Natural Heritage sees Gaelic as a unique aspect of Scotland's heritage, national identity and cultural life and are committed to promoting Gaelic usage.

Use the Gaelic Nature Words Dictionary

Butterfly Conservation Scotland - Identify a Butterfly

Not sure what kind of butterfly you've found in your garden or school grounds? Butterfly Conservation Scotland have a great identification tool that will help you find out.  Search by size, colour or markings.

Identify that butterfly

Butterfly Conservation Scotland - Big Butterfly Count

Help take nature's pulse by joining the B

RSPB - Wild Challenge Awards

Can you hear that? That's the call of the wild! Wild Challenge is your chance to answer that call. Help wildlife, explore nature, and work towards awards by making your way through a heap of wild schools activities. What will your wild challenge be? This could form part of your work on Biodiversity.

Get involved in the Wild Challenge Awards

RSPB - Give Nature a Home

No matter whether you have a few flowerpots, or a big school garden, the RSPB have activities to suit you. What will you try first?

How will you Give Nature a Home?

BBC School Radio - Red Squirrels

Find out about our native squirrels, and how they're being protected from the grey squirrels that could drive them to extinction.

Listen now

World's Largest Lesson - Goal 14: Life Below Water

World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. Download lesson plans, comics and other resources on marine life to use in your classroom.

Download lesson plans on Goal 14

World's Largest Lesson - Goal 15: Life On Land

World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. Download lesson plans, comics and other resources on biodiversity and ecosystems to use in your classroom.

Download lesson plans on Goal 15

Stride Global Citizenship Magazine - Go Fish!

Learn about sustainable fishing with this interactive fishing game and link learning to SDG 14 Life below Water. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Download Go Fish! Activity

Biodiversity and Climate Change

Biodiversity and climate change are interrelated.  Trees and oceans both absorb carbon dioxide produced by human activity and with 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface is covered by forests and another 75% is covered by oceans, it is clear that protecting habitats for wildlife is key to taking action on climate change. 

SNH - Climate change impacts in Scotland

Climate change is happening now. How we choose to respond won’t just affect the survival of individual species and our distinctive landscapes. Climate change impacts will also affect our economy, culture and lifestyles. Read through sections on landscape, species, habitats and marine impacts.

Visit SNH website

UN Convention on Biological Diversity - Teacher's Corner

A list of resources and databases compiled by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

Browse resources

Young People's Trust for the Environment - Climate Change and Animals

This factsheet takes a look at some of the challenges that animals might have to face in the future. How does climate change affect them?

Download Climate Change and Animals factsheet

Case Study - McLaren High School

Pupils at McLaren High School took part in several projects to improve Biodiversity in their school grounds, including Polli:nation with Grounds For Learning which aims to increase numbers of pollinators. Working together, pupils have transformed their grounds into a fantastic space for outdoor learning. Read more.

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