Birds of Midlothian Booklet & Poster OER

We are delighted to publish a new OER from the University of Edinburgh’s GeoScience Outreach Course, ‘Birds of Midlothian’. This is an Open Educational Resource for the Early Curriculum Level and Beyond (Suitable for the Age 5 to 105).

This resource pack includes a booklet with images, information and song audio of 17 common garden and woodland birds in Midlothian and in Scotland. Useful to complement any science work involving environment.
Learners can gain an insight into the range of bird species and biodiversity of a local area. Free poster of the birds included to help learners identify birds by their relative sizes.

To access the resource, visit our TES page.


Experiences and Outcomes of This Resource

Experiences and Outcomes (E’s and O’s) identify a range of learning experiences for school children and were defined for the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. Please note that this resource is not exclusive for Scottish schools, but E’s and O’s give an overview of learning experiences that can be gained from the resource.

SCN 0-01a I have observed living things in the environment over time and am becoming aware of how they depend on each other.
SCN 1-02a I can explore examples of food chains and show an appreciation of how animals and plants depend on each other for food.
SCN 2-01a I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction.
SCN 2-02a I can use my knowledge of the interactions and energy flow between plants and animals in ecosystems, food chains and webs. I have contributed to the design or conservation of a wildlife area.
SCN 3-01a I can sample and identify living things from different habitats to compare their biodiversity and can suggest reasons for their distribution.
SCN 4-01a I understand how animal and plant species depend on each other and how living things are adapted for survival. I can predict the impact of population growth and natural hazards on biodiversity.

Author: Booklet by Radina Atanasova, adapted by Mayu Ishimoto and a poster by Mayu Ishimoto.
Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC BY SA 4.0 license.

Header Image: Birds of Midlothian Poster, Mayu Ishimoto, the University of Edinburgh, 2023, CC BY-SA 4.0.