Seed bombing in Northumberland National Park

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Where?
Classroom, school grounds or a national park site with handwashing facilities. Works particularly well as a follow up to a field study of a species-rich area of a national park. 

Who for?
KS2 

Who by?
An activity for you to take, or to be directed by the Northumberland National Park engagement officers

Activity aims:

Discuss the variety of species ( wood cranesbill; Yellow Rattle;). Discuss the different management(late July cut; no inorganic fertilizer). Then get down and dirty forming a fist-size ball of clay and rolling it in the seed and compost. An area needing wild flowers can then be mass bombed. Your very own seed dispersal session.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Wild flower habitats and soil types
  • Different land use and change of land use (Geography curriculum)
  • Life cycle of flowering plants i.e. pollination, seed formation, seed dispersal (Science curriculum)

You will need:

  1. Clay (collected from school grounds or bought)
  2. Wild flower seed (preferably harvested from a national park hay meadow)
  3. Flower identification cards
  4. Compost
  5. Plants (Examples taken into the classroom or studied in the field)

Themes:

Indoors, Conservation, History, Wildlife, Self-guided, Outdoors, Field techniques, Geography, Rural life