School wildlife



School Biodiversity Action Plan (School BAP)

Would you like to raise awareness of the wildlife and habitats found in your school grounds?

Creating a School BAP will help to make biodiversity an integral part of your school. It also supports the biodiversity element of Sustainable Schools & Eco-Schools.

Connecting Students to the Natural World

A School BAP outlines the action that a school would like to take to enhance their school grounds. The aim of the School BAP is to improve one or more habitats to increase biodiversity and to enrich the learning environment for everyone attending the school.School Bap Booklet

Guidance on completing School BAPs can be found in our booklet 'Connecting Students to the Natural World'.

The MBB Education Coordinator supported 5 schools in the completion of a School BAP, during the School BAP Project, from January to March 2011. 

Further information about the School BAP Project can be found below:

School BAP Project Report

Case Studies for:

  • Christ Church Primary School, Bootle  
  • Formby High School, Formby   
  • Holy Family Primary School, Halewood 
  • Marshside Primary School, Southport 
  • Melling Primary School, Melling

Guidance on the completion of a School BAP can be found in our 'Connecting Students to the Natural World using School Grounds' booklet. A hard copy of the booklet can be requested from To download the booklet, click here.

For the School BAP Template click here; School BAP Example click here.

In our local area 28 species and 16 habitats have been selected because of their significance. This is mainly at a local level, i.e. species that are of&n bsp;importance to Merseyside, but it also includes species and habitats that are important at a national and international level too. For more information see Biodiversity Action Plans. 

How to get involved

A School BAP involves mapping the different habitats found in your school grounds and then choosing to focus on one habitat, group of animals (i.e. birds) or individual species. A school can improve its grounds by simply erecting a nest box or, more ambitious plans include, digging a wildlife pond - a very important habitat both locally and nationally.

Schools can request our School BAP booklet to provide guidance on carrying out a School BAP. Other educational resources, including help with identification and recording can also be found on our Education Downloads page. To download our Schools' Wildlife Recording Pack, a great event for the Summer Term, click here 

Please register your interest in developing a School Biodiversity Action Plan by emailing your contact details to:

North Merseyside SBAP

Advice on what should be included in a School Biodiversity Action Plan, along with supporting information about some of the BAP species that you might want to consider is provided below. We would like to thank Richard Burkmar for producing this guidance as the North Merseyside Biodiversity Action Plan Manager.


Your School BAP could involve the School Council, Eco-committee, After-School-Club, selected individuals, a chosen year group or all of your students.