To all science leads: Get your pupils studying pollinators using the online resources created by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust based around the ‘Living things and their habitats’ National Curriculum programme of study.
This pollinator resource created by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT) will help children to use the spotter guides to identify different species of insects. The children will need to research information on the importance of our pollinators in the foodchain and recognise that our changing environment can pose dangers fundamental to the survival of living things.
Fundamental to the web of life, pollinators help provide one third of the food we eat, pollinate more than 80% of our flowering plants and contribute around £690 million a year to the UK economy. Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many wildlife rely on for food and shelter. Unfortunately, our wild pollinators are in trouble. More than half of UK bee, butterfly and moth species have declined in the past 50 years, and 30 species of bee’s face extinction.
Get your pupils ‘Working Scientifically’ to take measurements/ recordings of the Bumble Bees and Butterflies in their gardens using the CWT spotter guides to identify the different species and record their findings on the pollinator recording sheet. The CWT would like your pupils to help by spending just 10 minutes a day out in your garden recording vital information on pollinators. Their records will then be added to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre database, providing county and national records.
Once they have collected their data why don’t you get them to report /present their findings by producing a presentation or preparing a display on insects and the importance of Pollinators within our foodchain.
When they are Pollinator experts the CWT have created a fun quiz to complete. Each pupil with a 100% result will receive a free packet of seeds kindly donated by Oakhust Garden Centre.
There is also a useful guide on how to record the buzz! Click on the download button above.