Nature Conservation Lewisham

Get involved in Lewisham's parks and nature reserves

Education & Resources

The London Borough of Lewisham encourages outdoor learning and is keen to work in partnership with schools to provide classes relevant to the National Curriculum.  We are able to offer facilitated sessions to local schools in Habitat Studies with our Conservation Officer on a number of sites throughout the Borough.

Looking for bugs in Grove Park

Looking for bugs in Grove Park

We try to incorporate themes into the session that will assist with the pupils learning and development in the relevant Key Stages.  If there is an aspect of the curriculum that you would like to feature in to the session or if there is anything that you would wish to add or modify, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you where possible.

Fore more information, please either contact Jess Kyle or Jordan Ogbeide-Ihama  or if your session will be in a park, please contact Judith Simmons, Glendale’s nature conservation officer. If you do take a session with us, we would appreciate it if you could fill out the following survey Download the ‘Pond & Habitats Pack’

Self guided sessions

Rather than having officer led sessions, school classes may decide that they would like to visit our sites independently. To assist teachers with this we have devised a ‘Pond Pack’ full of useful information local sites, how to pond dip as well as a number of worksheets. These are all available to download free of charge.  All we would ask is that you leave feedback on what is good about these sheets, how they could be improved or even ideas for other worksheets. You will see below that these worksheets do not just cover pond work but also a number on habitat studies.

These sheets are suitable to use on any of our sites, but please book with us before you go, so that we know you are there and can offer any extra assistance if need be.  We are also happy to arrange a site visit with our Nature Conservation Officer beforehand to go through the sheets and talk over the risk assessments and health and safety for the site. At a couple of our sites of our sites, we are also able to offer tools and equipment for your session, thanks to a successful grant application from the Mayor’s Fund and National Lottery.  If you are interested in visiting this site it is important that you book as we will need to arrange for you to have access to the site and the equipment.

Educational resources


Please bear with us while we update these worksheets.

Please bear with us while we update these worksheets.

1.   Teacher’s Guides
2.   Teachers Guides Answers
3.   Lesson Plans
4.   Habitat Worksheets
5.   Minibeast Worksheets
6.   Foodchains worksheets
7.   Adaptation Worksheets
8.   Tree Worksheets
9.   Litter & Habitats Worksheets
10. Lifecycle Worksheets
11.  Map Worksheets
12.  River Worksheets (Opens new window)

Teachers Guides

Teachers Guide 1   – A Teachers guide to pond dipping

Teachers Guide 2 – Pond dipping tips

Teachers Guide 3 – A teachers guide to looking for minibeasts

Teachers Guide 4– A teachers guide to minibeasts

Teachers Guide 5 – A minibeast ppt presentation from Lagan Valley

Teachers Guide 6 – Nature glossary

Teachers Guide 7 – River glossary

Teachers Guide 8 – Important information for children

Teachers Guide 9 – A teachers guide to using Pitfall traps

Teachers Guide 10 – Rocks and Soils glossary

Teachers Guide 11 – A teachers guide to Rocks and Soils

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Word Dectective

Word Detective

Look out for our ‘Word Detective’ on the worksheets.  She defines the important vocabulary needed for the tasks and sessions!


Worksheet 011 – Food chain quiz

Worksheet 012 – Stag beetle lifecycle

Worksheet 13 – Flower lifecycle

Worksheet 039 – Rocks and Soils introductory questions

Worksheet 045 – Rocks and Soils True or False

Worksheet 046 – The Rock Cycle

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan 1 – Adaptation & Food chains lesson plan

Lesson Plan 2 – Habitat studies lesson plan

Lesson Plan 3 – Pond/River dipping lesson plan

Lesson Plan 4 – Rocks and Soils lesson plan (to follow)

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Habitat Worksheets

Worksheet 001 – Habitat survey worsheet

Worksheet 002 – Comparing habitats

Worksheet 003 – Habitat wordsearch

Worksheet 004 – Draw the habitat

Worksheet 005 – Match the animals to their habitats

Worksheet 006 – Future of habitats

Minibeast Worksheets

Worksheet 007 – Look before you leap (pitfall traps)

Worksheet 008 – Draw your own minibeast

Worksheet 009  – Tally – How many minibeasts?

Worksheet 010 – How many?

Worksheet 011 – Did you find me?

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Foodchains Worksheets

Worksheet 012 – Food chains 1 – Missing words

Worksheet 013 – Food chains 2 – Different biomes

Worksheet 014 – Food chains 3 – Make your own food chains

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 Adaptation Worksheets

Worksheet 015 – Habitats/adaptation missing words

Worksheet 016 – Name the Continent

Worksheet 017 – Camel vs Polar bear

Worksheet 018 – Adapting to habitats

Worksheet 019 – Why wouldn’t you find a Polar bear in the desert?

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Tree Worksheets

Worksheet 020 – Investigate a tree

Worksheet 021 – Find my tree

Worksheet 022 – Parts of a tree

Worksheet 023 – Tree seasons

Worksheet 024 – Woodland habitats

Pond Worksheets

Worksheet 025 – Pond minibeast recording sheet

Litter and Habitats Worksheets

Worksheet 026 – Litter/Garffiti

Worksheet 027 – Birds/Animals

Worksheet 028 – Natural/Man made features

Worksheet 29 – Sorting waste

Worksheet 30 – Lewis looking for litter

Worksheet 31 – Lewis and friends

Lifecycle Worksheets

Worksheet 33 – Stag beetle life cycle

Worksheet 34 – Flower life cycle

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Maps and Compasses

Map Worksheets

Worksheet 035 – Ernest Shackleton

Worksheet 036 – Compass points and me

Worksheet 037 – How to use a compass (available soon)

Worksheet 038 – Compass points (available soon)

Rocks and Soils worksheets

Worksheet 039 – Rocks and Soils introductory questions

Worksheet 040 – Rock fact file

Worksheet 041 – Soil horizons

Worksheet 042 – Soil horizons ‘jam jar’ experiment

Worksheet 043 – Observing and describing soil

Worksheet 044 – Types and properties of soil (available soon)

Worksheet 045 – Rocks and Soils True or False

Worksheet 046 – The ‘Rock Cycle’

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River Worksheets

Please visit our River Resources blog where you will find lots of useful materials and information on how to hire our equipment.


A diverse array of freshwater invertebrates and vertebrates can be found in (and on) the rivers of Lewisham. The River Ravensbourne channel in Ladywell Fields is particularly rich and offers a very accessible place to investigate some of this wildlife.

Ladywell wade

There are a lot of river resources available

Please visit our Rivers and People resources blog where you will find a lot more information on the project, a number of educational resources and ways to get involved or to hire our equipment.

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Beckenham Place Park

Beckenham Place Park

For educational opportunities at Beckenham Place Park, please see this post from the home page.

Creekside Education Trust

Educational Sessions at Creekside Discovery Centre

A tidal tributary of the Thames, Deptford Creek is one of London’s hidden green gems. The Creek is a haven for hundreds of fresh and saltwater plants and animals. One of London’s most historic waterways, where the past flows into the present. The Creekside Centre offers organised visits for groups from all areas of education. A major attraction is our unique Creek access, but we are able to provide a range of sessions that do not depend on low tide access.  Students can explore the wildlife, history and geography of the Creek.  The sessions are designed to be fun and exciting as well as meeting curriculum / course requirements.

Please contact THEM to arrange a free pre-visit for teachers.

Please email Creekside Discovery Centre for more information, call them on 020 8692 9922 or visit their website

Greenchain Walk

Greenchain walk map

Greenchain walk map

A web based resource for teachers to 26 fascinating parks and woodlands in SE London. You can find out;

  • Where can you take your class to look for fossil teeth of prehistoric sharks?
  • Where can you stand in the footprints of Bronze Age people?
  • Where did Dick Turpin and other highwaymen terrify travellers out of their wits?
  • Where has a river recently been brought out from underground to run in its own beautiful valley?
  • Where can you find yourself in London’s largest maze? (It’s OK, it’s not scarey!)

Websites you may find useful

There are a wealth of fantastic websites out there for you to use to teach yourself – and maybe learn a few things too.  Below are just a few that you might fine useful;

Horniman Museum’s Childrens’ pages
Nature Detectives (part of the Woodland Trust)
Naturenet – Not just for children!
OPAL – From the Natural History Museum


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