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Here are a selection of picture books for using with nursery and reception children that exploring the UK’s natural world and its animals.

  • Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup
  • Nature’s Day by Kay Maguire and Danielle Kroll
  • A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld
  • A Little Guide to Trees (Eden Project) by Charlotte Voake
  • The Tale of Jeremy Vole (Riverbank Stories) by Stephen Lawhead

Here are a selection of other books you might like to explore

  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Published by Puffin classics, ISBN: 978-0-141-32113-4
    A good edition with some useful additional information and follow up activities at the back
  • Wild Wood by Jan Needle. Published by Adlib scholastic, ISBN: 0-590-55356-9
    An alternative view of the story told from point of view of the weasels stoats and ferrets.
  • Paths to the River Bank. Published by Blandford, ISBN: 0-7137 2072-7
    A collection of writings by Kenneth Graham that expand, illuminate and inform some of the themes in “The Wind in the Willows”

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Websites

Click on the green headings to access the links to these useful resources.

Nurturestore – This website provides lot of ideas for nature activities for Early Year and Reception classes.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – The RSPB website has some great ideas suitable for Nursery or reception children for making homes and shelters for wildlife, bug hunting and identifying animals.

Canals & Rivers trust – This charity protects over 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. Their website has details of free canal trails to explore with children in Urban Birmingham.

The Wildlife Trust – The Wildlife Trusts care for nature reserves, from remote woods and rivers to inner city nature parks, and most people live within a few miles of one of these special places.  Their website has a wealth of activities for families to engage with urban nature.

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Video

The River’s Journey from the source to the estuary. Includes the different ways humans use the river. Created as part of a Year 7 geography homework. Covers the journey of a river from source to mouth, ideal for use in schools and for children.

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