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For the last two weeks of topic, we are going to switch attention to British Wildlife.

 

Rather than setting specific tasks for you to undertake, below you will find various activities that you can pick and choose from.  The idea is to get to know British wildlife a little better either by going out and about or by having a look online or at the sheets below.  

 

This week we will focus on invertebrates (creatures without back bones - minibeasts in other words) and next week vertebrates (creatures with back bones - birds, mammals, reptiles and the like).

 

Have a look at this butterfly detective sheet and then see if you can identify the pictures of the butterflies below.  Answers later in the week!
Click on each picture to see a bigger view.
Orange tip
Peacock
Brimstone
Gatekeeper
Comma
Painted lady
Below are some invertebrate activities.  One of the best things about invertebrates is that you can capture them and have a close look.  However, you must take care of invertebrates and treat them with respect.  Always be gentle and return invertebrates to the place that you found them as they are likely to be near their food source.  Some of the sheets have further advice on looking after invertebrates.

Other ideas:

  • Write a report about invertebrates or a particular invertebrate that interests you
  • Make a guide to the invertebrates in your garden/on your street/in a local park
  • Research the most unusual looking invertebrates in the UK
  • Spend a half an hour in your garden/a park/looking out a window and write down all the invertebrates that you see - make a tally chart so that if you see something more than once, you record how many times you see it
  • Take pictures of all the invertebrates you see in a week and turn it into a gallery
  • Make a presentation/video about invertebrates and show someone 
  • Write a story: A Day in the Life of (an invertebrate of your choice)

Mystery moth

Still image for this video
My mystery moth was an 'elephant hawkmoth', my favourite moth! This week I found an 'old lady' moth - which was the first time I had seen one of those as well.
This sheet and the website below will help you to identify the mystery moth in the video above.
General links and invertebrate guides:

A lovely general identification sheet

Our most common beetles

Ladybird spotter sheet - yes, there are many kinds of ladybirds too

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