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Imagine a future world where crops have failed leading to dust storms, and Kent is a strange, almost lunar landscape, with little or nothing growing. Conservation of pollinating insects today can prevent future crop failure and the resulting catastrophic dust storms. What can YOU do to help? Learn about what animals and people live in dry and dusty environments, the US dustbowl of the 1930s and how to attract and preserve your local wildlife with our Dustbowl activities.

The RSPB ‘Homes for Wildlife’ Initiative

Your students can join in a nationwide project to create wildlife friendly gardens and share their ideas, experiences and achievements with others. The Homes For Wildlife project has been set up by the RSPB and provides you with the support you need to make the most out of your green space, however big it is. By filling in a brief questionnaire, it gives you personalised advice and suggestions.

Make and Watch a Bird Feeder

Throughout the year, birds spend much of their time foraging for food.  During winter months especially and the breeding season, you can help them by providing extra food.

Science: Soil!

This activity is about looking at the conditions that affect how well seeds grow in different types of soil. This activity can be run over different lengths of time, from as short as a week to as long as a month.   Download the “Science: Soil!” Activity »

Which People Live in Dry and Dusty Environments?

This activity is about looking at who live in dry, dusty environments. With low diversity of vegetation and wildlife, how do they cope with living in these environments? Find out who they are, and how they live. The main things your students should take away from this exercise are the differences between everyday aspects of […]

Which Animals Live in Dry and Dusty Environments?

This activity is about looking at what sort of animals live in dry, dusty environments, and what special adaptations or features they have that allow them to do so. The main things that students should take away from this activity are the differences between these animals and the ones that are native to their own local environments.

Water: Audits and Pledges

The average person in the UK uses a massive 153 litres of water per day. A lot of this goes on washing and flushing toilets, and a lot is wasted through dripping taps, overfilled kettles and inefficient appliances. This activity helps students discover where water is used in the home and what they can do to reduce the amount that is used.

History: The Dustbowl in America

The period of American history known as the Dustbowl took place during the 1930s. Exhaustive farming techniques with little or no crop rotation took its toll on the condition of soil in the American and Canadian prairie lands, in particular destroying the vast grasslands. When a period of severe drought occurred, the dry and exposed […]

Extra Dustbowl Activities

This document sets out eleven extra activity ideas that you could use that are linked in to the Dustbowl mission. Over time, we will be developing these ideas in to full activity sheets, but in the meantime we thought we would share them with you so you can use them straight away!   Download Dustbowl […]

Springwatch – A Dustbowl Activity

Phenology is the study of Spring. In particular, it’s the recording and study of the first appearance of birds, animals, insects and plants in the spring. When things appear is affected by the climate, and so by studying if/how the first appearances have changed over time, we can see if current climate change is having […]