Conservationist (Public service)

Scout Conservationist Badge

1. Know the meaning of the words: conservation, habitat, environment, population and  community.

 

2. Explain the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Find out ways in which your family wastes materials or other natural resources. Suggest how this can be remedied.

 

3. Choose an area such as a churchyard, roadside verge or piece of waste ground and carry out a simple survey of a habitat. Identify at least 10 plants and /or animals including one producer, one herbivore and one carnivore. Write a simple food chain for your habitat.

 

4. Help wildlife by doing two of the following:

(a) make a home for wildlife- for example create an insect, bird, bat, reptile or hedgehog home.
(b) check everything that can be reduced, reused or recycled in your house for 1 week.
(c) plant an area for wildlife by creating a patch of wildflowers or planting a berrybearing plant for birds or nectar rich plants for insects with permission from the landowner.
(d) join a local conservation event such as a litter pick, beach clean, tree planting, scrub clearance etc. or join in with a National conservation event such as the RSPB's Big Bird count or Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild or OPAL explore nature survey.
(e) find out how to make a water station for bees and birds then make one.
(f) find out what food to feed birds at each time of year and set up a bird feeder.
(g) learn about composting and set up a home composting area or wormery.

 

Note: In 3 and 4(c), permission must be obtained from the owner of the land.