Children choose two different microhabitats to investigate and compare. They describe the conditions of each microhabitat and find out how the conditions affect the plants and animals that live there. This activity is also useful if it follows the 'Invertebrate microsafari hunt' activity, during which children develop skills collecting and observing invertebrates. A microhabitat is a small habitat where living things exist. Discuss the effects of changing an environment to the animals living in that habitat, e.g. draining a pond, cutting down a tree or removing a hedge. Children could write a story about an animal trying to survive in a changing habitat or create a poster persuading people to protect and conserve the environment. Ask the children to use maps, atlases and online resources to research physical geography - look for patterns in temperature, rainfall, etc. related to type of vegetation and habitat.