What's Under Your Feet?

Our Citizen Science activity run in collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), will help them investigate the impacts that climate change is having on birds across the UK.

We have exciting news… we will be continuing with What’s Under Your Feet? for another year and hope schools will take part again. You can join in at anytime during the year but don’t forget the important part – to upload your data!

Get your students involved in this real hands-on science activity.

1926 Schools/groups are joining in

11 Local authorities are joining in

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Enter the data you have collected from your surveys here and it will be sent to the scientists at the BTO.

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What you need to know about What's under your feet

Why take part?

Inspire your students to become citizen scientists and join in with our hands on experiment. By taking part you will be contributing to the first large scale study of soil invertebrate abundance across the country.

It's really important that you tell us about what you find - use the link from this page to input your data and we will send it to the scientists.

What do you have to do?

  1. Use our starter presentation to tell everyone about the activity and how taking part will help scientists better understand what is happening.
  2. Download the supporting resources - lesson plans with curriculum links, information pack for background on birds and climate change, data sheet, ID posters
  3. Spend 15 minutes observing and recording birds visiting your school playing field or local green space and use the bird ID chart to help you name the birds you spot.
  4. Complete the activity by digging up small squares of soil and finding out what's under your feet. You will count the earthworms and use a very simple guide to identify the other larger invertebrates in and above the soil. Don't forget to complete your data sheet!
  5. Record your findings by entering your data and we'll send it to the scientists.
  6. Let us know what you've seen by adding blogs - we'd love to see pictures of what you find!
  7. Don't forget to keep checking back on the scientists' blogs about what they are finding out from the information you are sending them!

When do I do it?

We would like you to complete the activity 3 times throughout the school year - Ideally in October, March and June. This will give the scientists a better understanding of what is happening through the changing seasons.

Schools that contribute to the study by sending in their data will be credited in a scientific paper