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Lesson 5- Gather information about the preferred micro-habitats of mini-beasts

To gather information about the preferred micro-habitats of minibeasts


A micro-habitat is a small-scale, specific habitat which supports the survival of certain animals or plants. For instance, a rock-pool or a rotting log.

A micro-habitat will differ from the larger environment around it, making it particularly suited to one or more species.

For instance, the damp underside of a stone in the forest could provide shelter for a woodlouse, as well as decaying leaf and plant matter for them to eat. This micro-habitat is better adapted for the woodlouse than the exposed undergrowth of the forest floor.

Examples of micro-habitats include: 

  • a pond or puddle
  • a rotten stump
  • the space beneath a paving stone
  • a mouldy apple
  • a terrarium 



This lesson, read through the information PowerPoint below then complete the mini-beast hunt & match-up activity. 

Challenge Activity: 

Can you build a bug hotel? Follow the link to the RSPB page with all of the information you'll need!


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