Polli:Nation is a UK wide initiative supporting pupils from 260 schools to turn their school grounds and other local walk-to spaces into pollinator friendly habitats.
To do this schools are encouraged to:
- Survey their patch using the new OPAL Polli:Nation survey (available April 2016)
- Make improvements for pollinators on their patch
- See how well it has worked using the OPAL survey to see the impact the improvements have had.
This cross-curricula secondary and primary school project will give pupils direct hands-on experiences over the next few years; from creating vertical green walls and night-blooming flower beds to lobbying to change school maintenance regimes and debating pesticide use. Pupils will learn about the role pollinating insects play in eco system services and be able to contextualise this in the choices and actions they take.
Alongside creating a network of knowledgeable and enthused young activists, the ambition of this programme is to utilise school grounds to form local green corridors and ‘stepping stones’, enabling species to move between core areas thereby contributing to the overall aim of the project by increasing numbers and sightings of pollinating insects in the UK.
The aim of the project is to engage and enthuse children and young people to protect pollinating insect species in the UK.
The outcome of the project is to see an increase in the number and diversity of pollinating insect species in school grounds and local community spaces across the UK.
A PhD Student from The University of Stirling will be following the project, collating the findings and working with the Polli:Nation network to access the success of the project.
Wild Academy will be working with 4 cluster of schools in Cheshire focussed around Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Nantwich.
Angie Turner, Director of Wild Academy said "We are thrilled to be part of such an imaginative and important project. A national network of school clusters will really make a difference to the habitat network for pollinators and the skills that the children pick up along the way will stay with them for life!"
If you would like to know more about Polli:Nation visit www.polli-nation.co.uk
Polli:Nation is a partnership project coordinated by Learning through Landscapes working with Butterfly Conservation, Buglife, OPAL and The Field Studies Council and funded by the national Heritage Lottery Fund.