Stay Home Biodiversity- Week 2

Monday Activity – Up-cycled Plant Pots

Age Group: Primary Junior and Senior, Secondary

Green-Schools Officer Robert Nelson has made a step-by-step guide on how to make your own seedling plant pots. All you need is a scissors, loo roll tubes and a marker. It’s very easy and can be completed by young children. Give loo roll tubes a second use and save money on buying new plant pots to sow your seeds in.

Tuesday Activity- Bug Hotel

Age Group: Primary Junior and Senior

Green-Schools Officer Rebecca takes you through a step-by-step guide on how to make your very own miniature DIY Bug Hotel. All you need is a scissors, string and three plastic bottles and to go foraging for dried autumn debris. It’s very easy and can be completed by young children with the help of an adult or older child.

Earth Day Activity – April 22nd, Nature Diary

Age Group: Primary Junior and Senior

To celebrate Earth Day we were saving this special nature idea activity to share with students. Have a look at our nature storytelling diary extract for inspiration. Download the diary template, or design your own, and enter the observations you make into the calendar day. Based on what you see or find, maybe there is an activity on the Biodiversity Stay Home project page which you can do to complete the diary activity.

Diary sheet

 

Things to look out for in April

 

Capture Dandelion Seeds

 

The Bee Dance

 

Make an animal footprint trap

 

ID a bird song

Thursday Activity – Framed Bug Hotel

Age Group: Secondary 

Green-Schools Officer Rebecca takes you through a step-by-step guide on how to make your very own framed Bug Hotel. All you need is a scissors, string, three plastic bottles, scrap wood, a tack hammer and tacks and to go foraging for dried autumn debris. It’s fairly easy, and can be completed by students of secondary level or primary-aged students with the help of an adult.

Friday Share – Make a Bird Feeder Necklace with LEAF

Age Group: All

 

Activities this week have been focused on attracting wildlife into the garden or to the balcony/windowsill. Below are six species found in Ireland, but can you guess which of these are native Irish species? Answers are behind the flip-box!

Chaffinch

Native to Ireland 🏆

The most common finch in Ireland – found in woodland, parks and gardens.

Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Native to Ireland 🏆

A very common butterfly found in gardens, woodlands and hedgerows.

Blackbird

Native to Ireland 🏆

Originally a woodland bird, but is commonly seen in parks and gardens

Pine Marten

Native to Ireland 🏆

The pine marten is a rare mammal in Ireland and is a protected species

Hedgehog

Native to Ireland 🏆

The only hedgehog found in Ireland is the Western European hedgehog

Grey squirrel

Non-Native

The grey squirrel is in fact, native to eastern North America