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Biodiversity for London Families

Our Drop in Day for families in West Ham Park was a great success. Run as part of the Learning for Biodiversity project, the event gave families the chance to meet the amazing creatures that live on their doorstep and learn how they can protect London’s biodiversity.

The free Drop in Day was part of the Learning for Biodiversity project which aims to address two main questions: ‘What is Biodiversity?’ and ‘Why is it important?’ The fun and inspiring activities on Tuesday 9 August 2011 were led by four experienced trained staff members and included: pond dipping, minibeast hunting, making seed bombs and a tree trail. Sue Banks, Support Officer at West Ham Park kindly agreed to help us by allowing us access to the wildlife area in the park.

The Learning for Biodiversity Project is funded by The City Bridge Trust and spans 3 years during which the Centre is working with year five classes in six east London schools. The main aims of the project are to improve understanding of biodiversity and its importance. We feel that it is important not only to reach children in a formal learning environment but to also involve learning in the whole family. By providing organised family drop-in days, a model we currently successfully run at the Centre, we aim to offer informal and flexible biodiversity learning. We hope to inspire Londoners to enhance the biodiversity in their local areas and encourage more families in London to take their children to areas of open green space.

Thursday, October 6, 2011