In November, there is a highly important Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh. World leaders from over 100 countries meet up and discuss how to protect our planets habitats and ecosystems. One of its aims is to reduce deforestation (the removal of trees, woodland and forests that are habitats for millions of animals). Animals are adapted to their environment and when their environment changes quickly, it can be difficult for animals to continue to survive in these places. 

 

Class 2 have been super scientists by learning about British woodland habitats! We have learnt how habitats provide everything that a plant or animal needs in order to survive and grow. We discovered that woodland animals often live in microhabitats that their bodies are adapted to. We designed an experiment to answer the question, Are worms suited to living in wet or dry microhabitats? We used scientific equipment to set up our experiment and observed closely as we watched to see if the worms wiggled to our wet or dry microhabitats. All of the worms wiggled to the wet habitat! We concluded that worms are suited to a wet microhabitat, and this must be why we see them on the surface of the soil when it rains heavily outside. Through research, we discovered that they breathe through their skin. This is why they need to keep their bodies moist. If a worm loses its damp woodland microhabitat, it would no longer be able to survive. This is such an important finding as this is true for many plants and animals that live in forests and woodlands around the world.