Autumn Term - Birds, Invertebrates & Plants
Our Schools' Wildlife Recording Event is an annual event. Resources from our education pack can also be used throughout the year - birds and invertebrates are great to record in the autumn term. Download our FREE SCHOOLS' WILDLIFE RECORDING PACK* or, to receive a 'hard copy', email your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your school did take part in our event during the summer term, remember to send your wildlife records in to us. It is now even easier for you to pass your records on to us and the great news is that it enhances the curriculum too...STUDENTS CAN NOW INPUT THEIR RECORDS ONLINE. Take part in one of our recording activities, then use an ICT session to make use of our great new facility; 'RODIS'.
Schools can make records throughout the Autumn Term and the Schools' Wildlife Recording Event is something that schools can get involved in each Spring/Summer.
* Our Eudcation packs are only available to schools in Merseyside.
Spider Search - Autumn Term
These creatures have eight legs but they are often mistaken for insects. What are they? They are spiders and they are one of the most successful groups of hunters and trappers in the natural world.
Part of a group called arachnids, spiders have eight legs instead of six. They also have two main body parts-a cephalothorax, consisting of the head and thorax and an abdomen. Instead of antennae, spiders have two sense organs called pedipalps. They usually have eight simple eyes although some have no eyes at all!
We have our own native species of spiders here in Merseyside - find out more below.
The Zebra Spider is commonly known as the 'Jumping Spider'. They are often found on buildings. They do not spin webs, instead they stalk and capture their prey. They can actually jump huge distances relative to their body size to help them surprise their prey. It also helps them get away from you if you ever try to catch one!
Window Frame Spider
When we see webs on windows these are due to the spinning talents of Zygiella x-notata whose common name is the Window Frame Spider. Its webs are easily recognised as they have a distinctive 'missing segment'- like a pie with a piece missing.
Like the Jumping Spider, Wolf Spiders don't build webs either. Their eyesight is good and they chase down their prey. They often occur in large groups- seemingly packs -which may be the origin of the name. This species, Pardosa amentata is commonly found in gardens.
Unusual local species
Another Wolf Spider which is native to Merseyside is Arctosa perita. Although not really a spider that will be commonly found in school grounds it must surely be one of our most attractive spiders. This is a real specialist of open sandy places and can often be seen on the dunes of the Sefton Coast. Although it is nationally quite uncommon , anyone walking on the dunes in reasonable weather at this time of year is likely to find this beautiful spider. You can only see it when it moves though, becauses it is so well camouflaged!
Which spiders do you see in your school grounds?
Look around and look for the spiders and their webs. You can usually find evidence of what they have been eating by looking at the creatures caught in their sticky traps!
Use our 'General Wildlife Recording Booklet' to make your records and then send them to us at;
Court Hey Park