4. Habitat Safari

(Key stages 1 and 2) Go wild exploring our woodland, meadow and pond habitats. Children use their detective skills to explore the reserve, gaining first-hand experience of where animals can live, how they have adapted to their environment and what they need to survive. An exciting day of discovery! For more information on this programme and other activities we offer at the Centre, please visit http://www.bbowt.org.uk/sutton-courtenay-environmental-education-centre
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Once we have collected lots of minibeasts we put the pots on a tray that best represents their colour.  We then learn why creatures are different colours and how it helps them survive.

Once we have collected lots of minibeasts we put the pots on a tray that best represents their colour. We then learn why creatures are different colours and how it helps them survive.

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We go hunting for minibeasts in the woodland area, and using spoons and brushes very carefully so we don't hurt them, we collect them in our plastic pots.

We go hunting for minibeasts in the woodland area, and using spoons and brushes very carefully so we don't hurt them, we collect them in our plastic pots.

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After the minibeast hunting, we make our very own 'sticky' minibeasts by taking very small pieces of the plants, leaves and flowers that we pass on our way back inside.  We can either make a colourful poisonous minibeast or one that would be camouflaged in their surroundings.

After the minibeast hunting, we make our very own 'sticky' minibeasts by taking very small pieces of the plants, leaves and flowers that we pass on our way back inside. We can either make a colourful poisonous minibeast or one that would be camouflaged in their surroundings.

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At the end of the session we fill in our Pond Passports.  We draw our favourite pond creature and write about how it moves.

At the end of the session we fill in our Pond Passports. We draw our favourite pond creature and write about how it moves.

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We start our day in the classroom.  We sit in a circle and discuss the four important things that animals and creatures need in their habitats in order to survive: water, food, air and shelter.

We start our day in the classroom. We sit in a circle and discuss the four important things that animals and creatures need in their habitats in order to survive: water, food, air and shelter.

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We learn how to build a pond: we dig a hole, put in a lining and fill it with rain water.  We also learn what creatures would be there and why there are no fish in our ponds.

We learn how to build a pond: we dig a hole, put in a lining and fill it with rain water. We also learn what creatures would be there and why there are no fish in our ponds.

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As we empty the pond creatures into the white trays we can look at them closely and use our identification sheets to identify what creatures we have found.

As we empty the pond creatures into the white trays we can look at them closely and use our identification sheets to identify what creatures we have found.

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Each group is given a 'Minibeast Hunting Kit', which has lots of clear pots for us to put the minibeasts in.  There are some spoons and brushes so we can catch them carefully, and some magnifying lids so we can see the creatures close up!  We also have some identification sheets to help us identify what minibeasts we have caught.

Each group is given a 'Minibeast Hunting Kit', which has lots of clear pots for us to put the minibeasts in. There are some spoons and brushes so we can catch them carefully, and some magnifying lids so we can see the creatures close up! We also have some identification sheets to help us identify what minibeasts we have caught.

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We use our identification sheets to find out more about the creatures we have collected.

We use our identification sheets to find out more about the creatures we have collected.

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We can look closely at the creatures we have found using the magnifying lids on the pots.  We find lots of creepy crawlies and insects like woodlice and beetles.

We can look closely at the creatures we have found using the magnifying lids on the pots. We find lots of creepy crawlies and insects like woodlice and beetles.

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