Make a Nature Map of your Back Garden

You Will Need

    • Coloured pencils or felt tip pens
    • Paper/card – big enough to fit into your nature journal
    • Sticky tape or PVA glue to stick pictures and photos to your map
    • Magnifying glass – if you have one!
  • Have you studied what lurks around in your back garden, not just your little brother eating worms? Amazing wildlife is on your doorstep. Make a map of your back garden and record all the interesting life forms you see.

    1. Draw a map of all the paving, sheds, garages and other buildings in your back garden
    2. Draw in areas of grass, trees, fences, bushes and colour them in.
    3. If there are are any other special features in your garden like a pond, swing or bench add these too.
    4. Now the good bit, time to explore! Walk around your garden and look for interesting stuff to mark out on your map. If you have a magnifying glass even better! You’ll be able to follow slimy snail trails and hunt out the tiniest of creatures making a home in your garden.
    5. Mark with an X on your map where you see any interesting animals, insects or plants. Have you found a hiding place for a hedgehog? Are there any birds’ nests?
    6. Draw any insect or animal trails.
    7. Take photos or draw pictures of anything you see that is unfamiliar and stick them onto your map.
    8. When you finished your map, make two holes in the bottom of it so you can put it into your journal.

    The Important Bit

    Were there any mysterious creatures or plants in your garden?

    How did you find what they were?

    Top Tips

    • Draw a new map at the start of each season – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and add them to your journal..
    • Is there more to see in your garden at different times of year?
    • What is your favourite time of year in the garden and why?

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