What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Discuss with the class what animals, plants, birds and insects they might see in a Scots Pine forest.
Give each group a set of Scotland cards and ask them to sort them into these four categories:
This can be repeated for groups of omnivores, carnivores and herbivores.
Share answers among the group and encourage them to reflect on the ways the animals, birds, plants and insects are interconnected in the forest.
They are now going to look at the different roles some of these species play within the 'web of life'. Give each group a set of 'role' cards. Ask each group to create a chain or cycle which illustrates the connections between a group of species, the roles they play and their relationships with each other. (Interdependence)
Share pupils' findings and discuss the roles in relation to the web of life.
Using the internet / library or other sources of information, groups can now carry out investigations into other aspects of Scots Pine forest and present their information to the rest of the class. Ideas for investigations:
Within a forest, groups of animals, plants, birds and insects rely on each other and all have a role to play in the wider eco-system of the forest.
Loss of habitat (Scots Pine forest) means loss of plant species which leads to the decline or extinction of animals, birds and insect species.