Brighton & Hove is a city surrounded by stunning countryside. Sandwiched between the South Downs National Park and the sea, it provides a home to a rich variety of wildlife – including many habitats and species of national and international importance.
School grounds occupy a significant amount of the green space within the urban area. They are a rich and important habitat for wildlife, often vital in providing 'green corridors' which allow wildlife to travel within the city.
The biodiversity strand of the BHee project aims to give teachers and pupils a better appreciation and understanding of their local ecology and wildlife. This will be achieved by working outside and exploring the biodiversity in school grounds, local parks or further afield on the Downs, as well as teacher training, support and advice.
Workshops and visits for pupils
BHee offers a wide range of workshops and visits for pupils of all ages to experience for themselves the wonderful biodiversity of the local area. All input is FREE to state-funded primary and secondary school and is led by a qualified teacher, experienced in facilitating environmental education in schools.
This work directly supports Science topics on 'Life and Living Processes' (Sc2), and there is potential for making links with other curriculum areas such as Literacy, Art and Geography. The specific learning objectives of each session is agreed with the teacher prior to the visit and content is adapted to ensure pupils with special needs are fully included.
Please use the links below to find out more about our workshops:
New from March 2013
Teacher training and school support
We also offer support and advice to help indivdual schools to develop and use wildlife areas in their grounds.
Our regular twilight meetings will provide support, for all school staff, in developing and using school grounds to enhance the formal and informal curriculum.