generation will decide the future of biodiversity so it is
essential that understanding and respect for nature is encouraged
in children. Teachers are in a unique position in terms of
their influence on future generations. Biodiversity is an
essential component of environmental education and can easily
be integrated into the national curriculum.
How to help biodiversity
at school: There are many ways that a practical
approach to biodiversity can be developed within the school
in subjects such as maths, geography, art, music, science,
design and technology.
Go and explore wildlife in
the schools grounds and nearby parks.
Make school grounds more
wildlife friendly by making a compost heap, bird boxes, a
small meadow, an organic garden or planting trees. Creating
habitats and homes for wildlife can provide a valuable teaching
Roll out the Coastal Education
Programme in your school that has been developed for primary
and secondary schools in Fingal.
Become an OWLS school and get four nature education visits a year - see www.owls.ie for more details or contact Andrew Fleming on 087 329 9936.
Did you know that your school can get rewarded for your biodiversity efforts with a Green flag? Check out www.greenschoolsireland.org for more information.
And remember, if you need any help with school projects or making your school grounds more wildlife friendly, the Biodiversity Officer is there to help and provide advice!