RSPB Schools Outreach sponsored by ALDI. Bioblitz session, Year 3 class, Livingstone Primary and Nursery School, New Barnet, Hertfordshire

Wildlife detecting

Now's your class' chance to use their best detecting skills!

Get outside and start searching for evidence of the wildlife that lives around us. This could be anything from tracks and animal poo, to nests and spider webs.
This activity can be linked to learning about habitats, biodiversity and food chains.


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 subject: Science.


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What do I need?

  • You might want equipment like a magnifying glass to enlarge the wildlife in front of you.
  • Paper or camera to record what you find.
  • You could use our Spot It sheet to help you identify tracks and sign.
  • You could make an animal tracker to find out what’s been in your grounds whilst you were asleep.

     Spot it - bilingual

     Creu traciwr anifeiliaid (Welsh)


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What do I do?

  1. Find a suitable area you want to explore.
  2. Use all of your detecting skills to hunt for signs that wildlife has been there eg spiders webs, poo, footprints, bird feathers. Use ID guides to help you identify what you find. 
  3. Draw or photograph what you find.
  4. Try to make sense of what you find. Use your learnings from science topics such as habitats, biodiversity and food chains to help you.
  5. 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, drawing, painting or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.

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 a photo, a drawing or some writing showing what you found.

Get them thinking

Here are some prompts to help with learning:

  • Before you start, what kind of signs do you think you will look out for?
  • How will you identify a food chain in action?
  • When you are investigating the biodiversity of an area, do you need to actually see an animal to know it lives or visits there?
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