Log pile

Habitat heaps

A pile of logs, branches, rocks or stones can give shelter to all sorts of animals, from frogs and newts to many-legged millipedes.

This activity is about creating a secret world from natural materials for all sorts of creatures. It's great way to bring learning about habitats in science to life, or you could link the creation of habitats to Design and Technology.


Are you doing this activity as part of your Wild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!


This activity supports the following subjects: Science, Design and Technology.


people have completed this activity

What do I need?

  • A prior knowledge of habitats might be helpful
  • Logs and branches
  • Rocks and stones
  • Moss or mulch
  • Our guides to making habitat heaps which detail everything you need.
  • Make a rock pile 
  • Make a log pile
Collect wood

What do I do?

  1. Take a look at one of the activities below for ideas!
  2. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo to help earn your award.
Boy carrying sticks and branches for a log pile | The RSPB

Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading some photos of your finished heap, or some pictures of what you’ve discovered living in it.

Get them thinking

Here is a prompt to help with learning:

  • Sometimes we like to "tidy up" our outside spaces but wildlife doesn't see it the same way, why do you think that is?
Collecting small wood

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