As of today, any primary school in GB is able to access the wonderful contemporary and historic Ordnance Survey mapping in University of Edinburgh’s award winning Digimap for Schools www.digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk service to take part in a wildlife mapping competition.
Any school in Great Britain with primary aged children is eligible to enter the competition with the winning school receiving a visit from Steve Backshall (www.stevebackshall.com), one of Ordnance Survey’s #GetOutside Champions https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getoutside/os-champions/steve-backshall-life-outdoors/.
The competition requires schools to use the annotation tools within Digimap for Schools to create a map annotated with photographs and text labels showing signs of wildlife around their school. Each photograph will be accompanied on the map with a question the pupils would like to ask Steve relating to the wildlife they have photographed. If a school wishes to enter the competition but is not a current subscriber to Digimap for Schools they can register for 30 days free access to the service.
The competition is being launched at this year’s Geographical Association conference and runs until 10th June. Schools should visit www.digimapwildlife.ed.ac.uk today to sign up.
This is an excellent opportunity for schools to realise maps are relevant to all areas of the curriculum (flora and fauna study, history and measurement to name a few) and to find out what their school and local environment looked like in the 1950s and 1890s.