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Make Time #ForNature - The Next Generation

Canary Wharf Group Wildlife Photography Competition Finalist - Emerging by Victoria Jones

Calling the next generation! We need your help to protect bugs, elephants, flowers, fish, the rain forests, hedgehogs, garden birds, bees and more. Basically everything that grows and lives around the world - they're all really important!

You - yes, YOU - can play a part in helping to protect and provide homes for the plants and animals that we all live alongside and depend upon. We're here to show you how!

In 2020, we're shining a spotlight on biodiversity. It's time to make a difference - it's... 

- Time For Nature -




But, What is Biodiversity?

The variety of life on earth - from howler monkeys to sparrows, fruit bats to rain forest trees, bees to fungi, and so much more.



#30DaysWild and #ForNature

We want you to help the many plants and animals all around us, then shout about it! You could create a miniature nature reserve, pot a bee friendly plant, explore the ocean online or have a listen to some animal experts on YouTube - it's up to you!

The challenge to the parents and guardians out there - to get the kids involved and share what they've been up to with your friends and family, as well as the social media world using #ForNature and #30DaysWild. Here are the key steps:



1. Explore the toolkits, videos and activities available below

2. Find something you want to do

3. Make it happen and take a snazzy picture

4. Post that picture on Twitter, Instagram and more using #30DaysWild and #ForNature

5. Download the free 30 Days Wild pack from the Wildlife Trusts, here »


Why is Biodiversity Important?

The first thing we wanted to do it to explain why all the different ecosystems, plants and animals around the world are so important. That's right - all of them!



It Isn't All Rocket Science

If you aren't sure that you can make a difference without being a world leading scientist, here's Greta Thunberg to let you know that you absolutely can!

Everyone can make a difference!


Activities - Get Your Hands Dirty!

You don't need to jump on a plane to South America to save the rain forest to help protect biodiversity - it's also on your doorstep! You don't even need a garden or a park! So, here's some amazing activities from The Wildlife Trusts to inspire the next generation and to keep them entertained - with a sprinkle of education:

Everyone can make a difference in their gardens, balconies, windowsills, parks and community spaces.

Download the full size "how to" sheet, here »


Wait, There's More!

For more fun activities like the above, including colouring sheets, making a leaf tile and growing veg for wildlife, visit The Wild Life Trusts website »



Exploring Biodiversity at Home

It isn't easy to get out to the local nature reserve at this challenging time, but the power of technology allows us to learn about the great outdoors - and biodiversity - from the comfort of our own homes. Below are some great internet based resources for your kids to learn from and explore.


Explore the Worlds Coral Reefs

Home school with a virtual dive into the ocean - A Google Earth and Netflix open resource. 


Steve Backshall's Live Wildlife Q&A

An educational Q&A series of YouTube videos - By naturalist, explorer and TV presenter, Steve Backshall MBE

Episode 1 (Poor quality - it was his first attempt!)

Episode 2

Episode 3

Biodiversity Special


Lockdown Learning

Online resources to help you support your children’s learning at home

If you're looking to include some environmental education for your little ones whilst "home-schooling", check out IEMA's recent blog for some top tips and links to excellent resources: Online resources to help you support your children’s learning at home »


Student Resources: Online Species Identification
With universities closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, now is a great time to improve your wildlife identification skills. CIEEM has pulled together some of the many online ID resources and apps for you to develop your skills from the comfort of your own bed or garden. Check it out today »


The Wildlife Trusts Lesson Plans

A selection of three KS3 science and technology lesson plans developed by The Wildlife Trusts and Siemens: Humans and the natural world »


BBC Bitesize - Biodiversity Revision

How is biodiversity threatened and how can we protect it? Time to find out »


Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) Home Learning and Family Fun
Curriculum-linked science resources. These will inspire your children to connect with the natural world, no matter how much green space you have access to. A new set of resources each week »






Canary Wharf Group Wildlife Photography Competition Finalist - Midday Curiosity of the Fox by Garhing Cheung

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