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Nov 16, 2010

Prickly Tales and Foxy Fables

Prickly tales and foxy fables from Bristol Zoo Gardens 
Prickly tales and foxy fables – celebrating biodiversity through storytelling and art

In February 2010, the Avon Gorge and Downs Biodiversity Education Officer met the Year 5 class teacher from Christ Church school and a professional storyteller. We wanted to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity by working together to help a group of children learn about biodiversity by exploring the wildlife of their local green space and communicating what they had learnt through storytelling and art. We called this cross-curricular project ‘Prickly tales and foxy fables’.

The project was timed to take place in May so that the children’s work could be shared with the wider public on a special International Biodiversity Day walk, and enjoyed by thousands of visitors at the Bristol Festival of Nature. Overall, the project has been a great success. A lovely collection of stories and batiks were created which were enjoyed by thousands of people. Our evaluation showed that the children had gained an understanding of the term biodiversity and clearly remembered what they had learnt a month later.

The children’s knowledge of the range of wildlife that lives on the Avon Gorge and Downs also became more specific and detailed and there were positive changes in their attitudes towards the site. The children were filmed performing their stories and this film, a legacy of the project, can be used in the future. The batiks are also hanging in the school for pupils, staff and visitors to enjoy. 

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