Living Uplands is principally focused on the sixth most endangered bird in the UK, the Black Grouse. The Black Grouse are best known for the males gathering on what is known as a ‘lek’. Males gather on the lek and display their feathers to attact a mate, particularly in April & May.
Living Uplands will provide teachers with a FREE cross-curricular education project which will be regularly updated. This offers schools the opportunity to bring nature into their classrooms. Starting with the drama of the Black Grouse lek, this project links directly to Keystage 1 & 2 curriculum and is an effective way to enhance Science and Literacy skills, and to promote pupil creativity and confidence.
There are pictures and videos, and we are planning a live webcam of Black Grouse resting after an arduous morning on the lek. This educational project will provide children and teachers a window into the upland moorlands and to see birdlife at first hand.
For access to the educational resources, a school needs only to register with the site. This provides full access to the online resource.
Durham Wildlife Trust is keen to develop this site further, and schools’ feedback will be invaluable.
Durham Wildlife Trust would like to thank the farm owner who has made this project possible. For the security of the Black Grouse population our partner has remained anonymous.