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Habitat study - minibeast hunting

Investigate and classify the animals and habitats you find in the grounds of Brackenhurst Hall. You will discuss food chains, hunt for minibeasts and enjoy discovering Millennium Wood.

Suitable for:
KS1 and KS2
Half day
Available at:

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.

Session A: Usually led by centre teacher.

  • In the classroom there will be a demonstration on how to use the collection equipment and identification charts.
  • The class will discuss food-chains and each animal’s interdependence on one another.
  • Walk to Millennium Wood, stopping on the way to investigate the habitat around the log circle and pond areas.
  • Look for, collect and classify the different animals found in the Millennium Wood.
  • Gather in the log circle and discuss findings.
  • Return minibeasts to their habitats.
  • Walk back to the classroom.
  • Use keys to identify animals encountered in their natural habitat and how they have adapted.
  • Use different sampling techniques to collect mini-beasts
  • Understand how life cycles are linked to the seasons
  • Understand food chains based on the living things discovered
  • Understand the environment and our responsibility for its conservation.
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Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure children are dressed warmly with suitable waterproof outerwear. Please dress for the weather. Detailed activity sheets will be provided at the centre for group’s self-leading sessions. Please note all activity programmes may vary depending on number of pupils and their needs, length of visit and weather conditions.

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