Silver-studded blue butterfly by Debbie Lewis
Learning to love heathland - Thames Basin Heath education project
We hope that the project will help children to respect and value the special wildlife where they live.
Rhiannon Harrington, Community reserves officer (Berks)
Over many decades we have seen the delicate heathland of east Berkshire, part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area, suffer an onslaught from urban development and overuse. Fly tipping, vandalism and arson are just a few of the challenges that wildlife and conservationists face on a regular basis.
BBOWT is working with Bracknell Forest Council to pilot a heathland education project with six local schools and children’s clubs near Wildmoor Heath.
By giving children aged 10–11 opportunities to experience and enjoy heathland wildlife at an early age, we aim to help them understand the importance of conserving and protecting it.
Introductory classroom sessions will be followed by outdoor site visits with hands-on activities, such as survey work.
We are also introducing a Heathwatch initiative, which will enable youth groups from the Scout and Guide movements to earn badges or awards through the completion of heathland-themed activities.
Resources for children
Resources for teachers