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Comparing habitats

A fascinating activity looking at how the diversity of invertebrates are affected by their habitat location. Use a variety of techniques to find and observe how animals live in the environment; from creating food chains, to using ID keys and dataloggers to examine different environments.  

Suitable for:
KS2 and KS3
Full day
  • On arrival one of our tutors will welcome your group to the Centre and go through the schedule for the day, learning objectives and health and safety issues.
  • We'll discuss the different types of habitats we're going to discover in the grassland and woodland around the Centre
  • Next students will split up into 6 groups and discuss the question “Which habitat will contain the greater mix (diversity) of minibeasts and why?” In groups pupils make their prediction and justify it
  • Students will then learn about a datalogger, how it measures light and temperature so physical factors can be compared
  • Then we'll head to the grassland habitat and use quadrats to survey the area, take light and temperature readings
  • Next on to the woodland habitat and use quadrats to survey the area, take light and temperature readings
  • Time to head back to the centre.
  • Learn how to use field study equipment 
  • Learn how to use identification key to I.D invertebrates
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