Adding a spotting to www.wildclassrooms.orgChildren and families can now join a special website created by environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project to help learn about the natural world around them. The site, called is based around the challenge to see if participants can spot 60 different types of plants and animals in a year. Clare Mahdiyone, Chief Executive of Stroud Valleys Project said, "In a recent Dutch study they found that primary aged school children have difficulties identifying common native animals, with on average the children in the sample identifying only 35% of the species correctly! It is so important to be able to recognise the animals and plants around us because, to quote the acclaimed nature writer, Robert Macfarlane, 'We find it hard to love what we cannot give a name to. And what we do not love we will not save.” 

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SVP project officer Tamsin Bent, explaining how the website works said, “When individuals or groups register, they are given a virtual tree with bare branches. Each month they will be given five species to spot and when they are recorded on the site, a leaf will appear on their own tree. The more things they spot, the more leaves on their tree!”

Participants can also upload photos, drawings and poems of the plants and animals they have spotted to the public gallery. It is suitable for anyone of any age and is aims to celebrate the everyday wildlife that can be seen in our gardens and other local nearby green spaces. “It will hopefully encourage us all to notice wildlife that we usually take for granted, from the primrose in a forgotten corner of the garden to the snail hiding under the flowerpots. In our current isolated times, it is more relevant than ever, as it is something we can do at home while also helping us feel part of the wider community. There is also lots of background information about each plant or animal so everyone can keep learning while having fun spotting” said Tamsin. The website has been funded by a grant from the Summerfield Trust.

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