School Ponds & Wildlife Gardens
If you have water you have wildlife. Contact us for a free consultation on wildlife gardens and ponds.
School wildlife gardens and ponds are areas that attract all sorts of wildlife from mini beats right trough to badgers . They can increase the bio diversity of your school grounds and provide a safe and attractive place to learn about wildlife.
Why not transform a unused space to an all year living class room. That is both practical and enhances the appearance of the school. This before and after the above after shows the impact this feature has. It has little maintenance and therefore does’t effect the schools grounds budget not bad for a new classroom.
In addition, they provide tranquil areas that can be used for informal and curriculum activities as well as staff meetings.
Wildlife gardens and ponds provide children with first hand experience of the natural world through study and practical care of the garden and creatures.
Many natural habitats are disappearing due to pollution and construction and many children have not seen or experienced much of our native wildlife. Any type of space - no matter how small can be designed specifically to attract wildlife.
A SPACE FOR YOUR GARDEN
There is no ideal garden for wildlife and each garden will attract different species depending on the physical and chemical aspects of the garden. The habitats created and micro habitats with in can fit into the smallest of spaces and landscape that surround it.
Wildlife gardens can consist of one or several habitats. A habitat in a wildlife garden could be a wood, a pond, a meadow, a bog or a rockery. Within these main habitats, microhabitats can develop, such as a log in a wood that accommodates woodlice and millipedes or a stinging nettle leaf that becomes the host plant of a caterpillar. Thus, school wildlife gardens do not have to be large at all. If your school does not have the space to have a wildlife garden, then look at the smaller areas of your school, such as grass verges or flowerbeds. These can be planted with wild flowers to become a mini-meadow, or with herbs and nettles that attract butterflies. These habitats are still very beneficial to wildlife and are worthy of attention from your school.
This small, compact and simple water feature attracts an abundance of wildlife.
IMPROVING PRACTICAL SKILLS
A wildlife garden in your school can be of enormous benefit to both pupils and staff. All members of the school can become involved from dinner ladies to governors, from grounds maintenance staff to maths teachers.
Most important however, is that the pupils are involved from the start. Participation leads to a sense of ownership and pride in children, fostering both interest and concern for the environment. Designing, creating and maintaining a school wildlife garden also enables the development of a wide range of skills and works across the National Curriculum.
This shallow pool is safe for older children . the rocks provide homes for a multitude of wildlife
Harper Asprey works with both pupils and staff from early stages to develop this project. Local conservation groups, Councilors and media such as local newspapers, TV and radio stations may wish to play a role, and local businesses may offer sponsorship and funding for the garden.
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