Whether you are a staff member or volunteer associated with primary or secondary school class, a member of the Cubs and Scouts, Girl Guides or Brownies we can link in with you to bring a wildlife talk and walk directly to your school or habitat of your choice.
We offer a unique opportunity for pupils to learn about wildlife and the environment the fun way. Using both a classroom and outdoor approach to teach the pupils, they will get to see:
- Power point presentation showing key species of wildlife including birds, reptiles, amphibians and animals.
- Natural history objects to see and hold.
- Quiz based on what they have seen.
- Outdoor walk to see and hear wildlife, and exiting group games with an emphasis on learning how wildlife and the environment coincide together.
I will begin the lesson by showing a variety of my own photos delivered via power point, which will incorporate a variety of birds and wildlife that pupils are likely to see every day. This will be followed by a quiz based on what has just been shown. Next, the children will get to see and hold natural history objects which I will bring along. These will include the world’s largest egg, a vulture wing feather and other feathers, bird’s skulls and feet, snake skins and much more. An explanation will be given of which species they belong to, how they are used in everyday life and what they are made of.
The outdoor activity will incorporate a walk either within the school grounds, or in the schools wildlife/forest school area. This walk will enable me to point out and identify the many species of wildlife around us for the children, from birds and animals to insects and fungi, and looking how they live together and why they are in certain habitats. The children will get the chance to spot and identify species. Games with a serious theme will be incorporated into the walk, where the children have to work together in groups. Such educational games include hunting for worms the bird’s way, and what happens when trees are cut down leaving only one. This is a popular game that leaves the children really appreciating how much nature has to fight for little space and food when resources are plundered. My lesson plan can be built into the school day, around lessons and breaks, and lasts for the morning, or afternoon depending on your schools preference. Repeat visits can be arranged to cover the seasons.
So how does this benefit the pupil
The visits I conduct are not a replacement for forest schools or environmental based lessons, but merely to give the pupil more knowledge and understanding of the nature that lives amongst us, from the viewpoint of a wildlife expert with over thirty years experience. It incorporates a hands on approach to seeing and learning what is on your doorstep and around you in every habitat.
I will be using both a classroom environment and natural settings outdoors to give the pupil variety and change. This is beneficial in that the pupil will see the changing diversity of wildlife throughout the seasons. My enthusiasm and vast knowledge will be felt by the children to help hold their interest. Through working as a team and in groups, they will enhance their communication skills; gain a good knowledge of wildlife and where and how it lives in their surroundings. It will hopefully install an interest in them to want to enjoy and learn more about the great outdoors. The development of language will be increased, as the children will be introduced to new words such as keratin, mandibles, barbules and others found and used in the environmental world, but all with a full explanation in easy to understand and remember terms. A feeling of self achievement will unfold as the pupil learns a new bird, or a new call, or a new coloured insect or plant.
The class will appreciate that there is a vast amount of flora and fauna amongst them within their environment, but most importantly, they will have fun seeing and learning the wildlife amongst them.
- First aid qualified and trained in risk assessing and health and safety
- Trained as a Tourism Ambassador and World Host leader
- Trained as a walks leader under Lets Walk Cymru and Valleys Regional Park
- Diploma in Ornithology and student of the year award
- Qualified in countryside management and environmental issues
- Author of several natural history books
- Thirty years experience of studying wildlife and leading guided walks here and abroad
I also cater for school group visits to numerous sites within the borough. For example, one site I visit is Wern Ddu Forest near Caerphilly, where fossil remains can be seen, birds, amphibians, plants and fungi and other points of interest. I have over thirty sites all offering a variety of habitats and wildlife all superb for school groups to see and learn the beauty of nature on their doorstep.