What better way to learn about the natural world than exploring the wildlife on your doorstep!

Amphibians

Amphibians are vertebrates (animals with backbones) which are able, when adult, to live both in water and on land.

Bees

With around 250 species of bee living here in the UK, these key pollinators make a huge impact on our lives - even if we don't always realise it!  ...

Beetle (Stag)

The stag beetle is Britain's largest insect and one of the most well-known of all the beetles. The male is easily recognised because of his mouthpa...

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...

Blue Tit

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

Britain's Rare Flowers

Explore the UK's rare flowers, each section gives ideas about what you can do to help to protect them.  

Butterfly (Swallowtail)

The swallowtail is Britain's largest and most exotic butterfly. Its name refers to the extensions on the hind-wings which look rather like a swallo...

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...

Composting

The rubbish we throw away everyday is polluting our Earth. A lot of this rubbish comes from our gardens and kitchens and the good news is that this...

Dragonflies

Dragonflies are fast-flying, four-winged insects with long bodies and enormous eyes. The adult dragonfly has the biggest eyes in the insect world a...

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...

Grass snake

Grass snakes are non-venomous and are normally found near water.  They feed on a wide-ranging diet, but prefer amphibians when they can catch them.

Hedgehog

The hedgehog is the most easily one of the most recognised of British mammals yet they are steadily disappearing from the wild. 

Hedges

The Anglo-Saxon word for enclosure was ‘haeg’ or gehaeg’ and this is were we get the word ‘hedge’.

Introducing Better Planet Schools

Better Planet Schools is an online environmental education programme, created by the Young People's Trust for the Environment to engage children an...

Leaves

Leaves are nature’s food factories, converting the light from the sun into energy to help plants grow.  

List of Talks

The school talks service is now available again for a limited time for schools within a 30-mile radius of our office in Yeovil. To make a bookin...

Making a Pond

Here is a step-by-step guide to making your own pond

Making a hanging bottle garden

In this great 'How-To' guide, Georgina shows how to make a hanging garden using plastic bottles.  Created in collaboration with Explorium, Lights O...

Minibeasts

Quite literally, a ‘minibeast’ is simply a small animal. Spiders, snails, slugs, beetles, centipedes, worms, earwigs, caterpillars are just a few.

Plants: Year 3

A suite of four lessons on Plants, each with suggestions for classroom activities.  Accompanied by a presentation filled with excellent photographs...

Ponds

A pond is a small area of still, fresh water. It is different from a river or a stream because it does not have moving water and it differs from a ...

Robin

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...

Rudi and Harry's Eco Home

Rudi (ages 8) and Harry (age 10) learned about eco homes as part of their work with 'Explorium Lights On', with a presentation on the topic from YP...

Using a Quadrat

A quadrat is a frame used in geography and ecology studies to section off a standard sized area for study. Predictions can be made about distributi...

Wildlife Areas for Schools

Schools that have begun to develop their grounds often report that this has led to beneficial changes in relationships and  attitudes and to the at...

Wildlife in the Garden

Share your garden with wildlife by creating habitats that help different species to thrive.

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 ...

Zephan's Nature Garden

Zephan has been making his garden more nature-friendly.  Find out how in his fantastic video that he produced for YPTE, created in collaboration wi...