Dwarf gorse Ulex minor & Ling Calluna vulgaris, Farnham Heath RSPB reserve, Surrey, England

Plant Safari

Do you know which types of plants and flowers grow in your school grounds?

This activity is about identifying and naming wildflowers, trees and shrubs and looking for similarities and differences.


Are you doing this activity as part of your Wild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!


This activity supports the following subject: Science.


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What do I need?

  • You could use a quadrant or a hula-hoop to mark the specific area you want to look in
  • Pencil and paper/notebook to record your plants
  • Other identification guides
  • Spot it sheets to help identify what you have found:

Spot It - Flowering plants

Spot It - Trees and shrubs

Spot It - Bilingual

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What do I do?

  1. Place your quadrant or hula-hoop in the area you want to focus on, eg school field, under a tree, playground.
  2. Have a look at what species are inside your quadrant, record them. Think about the habitat of the area you are looking at. What plants have you found within it? Can you think of ways they might have adapted to that habitat? Can you think of how they might fit in a wider food-chain?
  3. Move your quadrant to a different area and compare the different plant species you have found, or compare with a class mate who looked in a different area. Remember you need to compare areas of the same size. So, if you use a metre-square quadrant in your first area, make sure you use the same measurement for your next area.
  4. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, drawing, painting or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.

Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo (or some photos) of the plants you found – or of you finding them.

Alternatively, you could send a drawing of a species you saw, or a list of species you found and where you found them.

Get them thinking

Here are some prompts to help with learning:

  • Before you start, think about what kind of species do you expect to find? Why?
  • What skills do you need to use to do this successfully?
  • Where are the locations you think will be most and least diverse and why?
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