Birds are feathered, winged, two-legged, warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrates. Aves ranks as the tetrapod class with the most living species, approximately ten thousand. 

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African Savanna: Plants and animals

Children will enjoy learning about plants and animals in this unfamiliar habitat. As always, this lesson plan is accompanied by a Powerpoint presen...

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Albatross (Wandering)

The wandering albatross has the largest wingspan of any bird and is perhaps the most magnificent of all twelve species of albatross.

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Animals: Year 1 & Year 2 (Key Stage 1)

This suite of five lessons, together with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation, covers aspects of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1, but wo...

Bird Breeding and Traffic

The great tit, a bird that can be found all over the UK, is one of the birds affected.  Male great tits sing songs to attract females to breed with...

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Some lovely birds

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Birds in the City

Over the last hundred years or so, large cities and their surrounding housing suburbs have grown, replacing countryside habitats. Many species of b...

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Blue Tit

Although the blue tit is mainly a woodland bird it is one of our best-known garden birds.



The buzzard is the most common of Britain's larger birds of prey.


Calling young writers

At YPTE, we would like to start giving young people the chance to have their voices heard about environmental issues.  So from now on, we'll be pub...


Cold Areas: Antarctica

This suite of lesson plans explores the continent of Antarctica.  Designed to be used alongside the Powerpoint presentation, packed full of stunnin...

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Cold Areas: The Arctic

This set of lesson plans explores the Arctic - one of the coldest regions on our planet.  The accompanying Powerpoint presentation brings the Arcti...



Cormorants are members of the pelican family.

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Eagle (Golden)

The golden eagle is one of the largest and most impressive of British birds, especially when seen soaring over a Highland glen or searching for pre...

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Feeding Garden Birds

Birds appreciate being fed throughout the year, but winter is their most difficult time, when they find it hard to find their natural food, such as...



The Guillemot is penguin-like in appearance; slim, pointed bill, dark brown head and upperparts, white underparts.

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Gull (Herring)

The well-known yodelling call of the herring gull conjures up pictures of the seaside perhaps more than any other sound.

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Heron (Grey)

Except when they are breeding, herons spend much of their time alone, feeding in damp places or wading in water.


In The Garden

You are only a few steps away from an amazing environmental adventure... Where? In your own back garden! Just check out some of these beasties.



Macaws are members of the parrot family which has 340 species. 17 different species of Macaw are found in the rainforests of South America.  Many o...



Animals do many different and amazing things. Some of them ‘migrate’. This means they travel to other places where the weather is warmer or they ca...

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Nestboxes for Birds

Nestbox building is a good activity for the autumn, ready for occupation (hopefully!) the following spring.


New lesson plans for Year 5 teachers!

The three extended lessons cover the differences in life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds; how animals reproduce; and how the work ...

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New lessons on Animals for Key Stage 1

This suite of five lessons on animals covers aspects of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1, but would be of interest to older children too.  It...

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Owl (Barn)

Of the five species of owl which breed in Britain the barn owl is becoming much less common generally - and in some places, rare. A recent report s...

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Owl (Little)

The little owl was introduced to Britain from Holland in 1889 and it was then known as the 'fierce little foreigner'. As its Latin name implies, th...

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Owl (Long-Eared)

The long-eared owl may be found in many areas of Britain and Ireland, but it is not common and, being nocturnal, it is rarely seen.

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Owl (Short-Eared)

The short-eared owl is a widespread species, found in many countries.


Owl (Tawny)

The tawny owl is nocturnal and therefore not often seen during daylight. Its familiar hooting 'hoo hoo - hoohoo' call is usually heard at night; a ...



Penguins are flightless sea - birds with short tails and paddle-like wings. The plumage is very dense and covers the whole of the body. The legs ar...

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Just check out these happy feet! Image credit: Antarctica Bound

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Peregrine Falcon

The peregrine falcon is the largest British falcon and perhaps the most impressive hunter of them all.



The puffin's distinctive bill has given it the nicknames of 'sea parrot' and 'bottle nose'. Although it looks a bit like a penguin or a parrot, it ...



Razorbills belong to the auk family, along with guillemots and puffins. The razorbill is well-named because the edges of its hooked upper beak are ...



The robin is a popular visitor to gardens and is well-known for its tameness. In the winter they will regularly visit a bird-table to eat kitchen s...



Like its larger relative, the Cormorant, the shag is a member of the pelican family. It spends more time on the coasts and out at sea than the Corm...

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Swan (Mute)

For centuries, mute swans were known as 'birds royal' because only the king or a few specially favoured subjects could keep them. They were often s...

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Woodpecker (Green)

Green woodpeckers are most common in old parkland but will live happily in any habitat that offers a mixture of large old trees and areas of close ...

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