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Birmingham Botanical Gardens lends itself to the study of plants and environments with four glasshouses representing different climatic regions: tropical, sub-tropical, desert and Mediterranean.

Students can compare each climate using their sense and describe what each environment feels like. They can also measure and record environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, rainfall and soil moisture, using a range of scientific equipment.

This resource includes multiple fun activities for you students to do, from creating a plant passport, to identifying useful plants, to mapping where plants can be found.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Ages: 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, Post 16

Subjects: Biology, Geography

Topics: Climates, Medicinal Plants, Plants, The Environment

Type: Education Pack

Use: During a School Trip

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About Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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At Birmingham Botanical Gardens, they offer an educational visit like no other. You can explore their unique Glasshouses and experience an authentic rain forest adventure! Then, walk straight from experiencing hot and humid tropical conditions into a desert climate and observe the changes to plants due to the seasons. Then, wander down to the new Alpine Garden to marvel at the beautiful flora found on the Tundra.

The Gardens contain over 7,000 different plants from all around the world. Experience the humidity and smells of the Tropical House, look (but don’t touch!) with wonder at the carnivorous plants in the Subtropical House, admire the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean House, and marvel at the bizarre and fascinating ways that cacti have developed to protect themselves in the harsh environment of the world’s deserts (Arid House).

Then, be amazed by the National Bonsai Collection in their Japanese Garden, stop and smell the many edible and medicinal plants in their Herb Garden, play on their amazing Treetops Adventure playground, be fascinated by their exotic bird collection from all over the world, and, you never know, bump into their free-roaming peacocks!

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