Brighton & Hove environmental education

Biodiversity

The South Downs National Park, looking towards Brighton and the sea

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BHee’s biodiversity workshops allow pupils of all ages to learn from the richness of their local environment. Brighton & Hove is sandwiched between the South Downs National Park and the sea, incorporating a wide range of habitats which are home to many species of national and international importance. The city and surrounding countryside have been designated a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, the first urban Biosphere in the UK.

Each biodiversity workshop is individually planned, in consultation with the class teacher, to suit the location and the school’s curriculum requirements. As approprpiate to the age of the pupils, activities may include: investigating evidence of wildlife, bug-hunting, sweep-netting, pond-dipping, sensory games, identification of plants and animals, shelter building, fire making, bushcraft and rockpooling to name but a few!

Please use the menu below to find out more about BHee biodiversity workshops. To discuss your particular requirements and make a booking please contact  Katie .

Wildlife Workshops

Secondary pupils pond dipping

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During BHee’s inspiring wildlife workshops pupils explore the habitats and species in their school grounds, a local park or in the South Downs National Park through hands-on activities such as bug hunts, sweep netting, quadrat surveys, sensory games and pond dipping. They learn how every green space is part of important ‘green corridors’ which allow wildlife to move through the city.

Depending on the location, workshops can focus on particular species and habitats, such as the famous elms on The Level and in Preston Park, vital to the survival of the white letter hairstreak butterfly.

“The workshop was great because it used the local park as a resource. The children will see the relevance of the work in their familiar environment rather than as some place you get in a coach to go to!” St Bernadette’s Primary School

Wild Beach / Forest Schools

Beach scavenger hunt

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Wild Beach and Forest Schools give pupils the opportunity to build a lasting connection with their local environment through a block of 6 weekly workshops, either on the beach or in a local woodland.  Places on these programmes are limited; please contact Katie to express an interest in taking part.

“Just wanted to email you to say thank you for the Wild Beach programme. My daughter recently finished the 6 week course with her primary school. She had a fantastic time and is really inspired about nature and the environment.” Parent, St Peter’s Primary School

Bike to Nature

Children cycling past Brighton's big wheel

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Brighton and Hove has a wealth of places for pupils to visit using small roads or a network of cycle paths, including the beach, Wild Park and the Downs. BHee’s Bike to Nature workshops are delivered in partnership with Sustrans, allowing pupils to cycle to a local green space where they learn about the unique local wildlife.

Bike-it Ben from Sustrans will ensure that the children’s bikes are road-worthy and provide training to ensure all pupils are safe to ride on the roads.  He can also provide bikes for those who don’t have one.

“It was an excellent trip.  The children were highly motivated, interested in learning new facts about sea creatures and outraged by the impact of rubbish on sealife.” Carlton Hill Primary School

Contact  Ben to train the pupils in your school. For further details on the biodiversity element of the workshop, and to discuss possible locations accessible to your school, contact  Katie.