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Naturalist Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

  1. With appropriate permission, spend at least one day at one of these locations and investigate the wildlife and plants found there:
    • woodland or parkland
    • down land
    • moor land
    • seashore or sand dune
    • hedgerow
    • roadside verge
    • stream, river or canal
    • small pond
    • wetland or marshland.
  2. Tell a knowledgeable adult what you discovered. Show them your field notes, sketches, photographs or maps.
  3. Find out more about a plant, animal or particular wildlife from your chosen location.
  4. Discuss what you found out, giving sources for information from places like museums, field guides or the internet.
  5. Discuss how human activities or land management can affect wildlife.

Guidance for leaders

This badge can contribute towards a CREST Award. For more information, click here.


Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


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