Scottish Natural Heritage’s (SNH) Green Network Map

The link below will take you directly to SNH’s Central Scotland Green Network Map. This map displays different types of connected habitat networks including types of wetland, woodland and grassland. You can select a habitat network you wish display from the key on the right hand side and then manually zoom in or use the search function at the top of the map to display this at a specific area.        This data is an indicative representation and does not provide specific information of the layers.

Environment Scotland’s Map

The link below will take you directly to the Environment Scotland’s State of the Environment Report Map. This is a useful tool which displays numerous environmental datasets under four headings; air, water, land, and people and the environment. Some of the available data layers include air quality monitoring points, water quality and bathing areas, types of land uses and designated areas, and statutory conservation areas including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) etc. Multiple layers can be selected using these drop-downs in the Table of Contents. As these are selected the Legend will be updated on the right hand side and the map will display these points or areas. Clicking on the layers will open a Results table which provides more detailed information and links to data.

This could be a useful tool in supporting a geography lesson. Pupils could list all potential receptors of a proposed development (i.e. an incinerator) within proximity of a given location.

National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Interactive Species Map

The link below will take you directly to the NBN interactive map and search engine named Atlas. This website is one of the most efficient ways of searching for specific species and habitats in the UK. You can search for species, habitats or designated sites using the search bar at the top of the page. The easiest way to search for species is using the ‘Locations’ function. The user can either manually draw up an area of interest using the ‘search by polygon’ tab or can use a specific area (e.g. national grid reference) and study area radius using ‘explore by address, postcode or location’. The latter function will allow the species groups (i.e. fish) to be individually selected and explored from the list on the left of the map. Once a species has been selected from the list, clicking ‘list of records’ will show when and where exactly this species was identified.

This could be a useful tool in supporting a biology lesson. Pupils could be asked to find the closest record of a species (or a given list of species) from their home and then use the internet to determine information of this species including the level of statutory protection. 


A9imal is an Academy9 activity to introduce pupils to some of the animals located along the A9 corridor and some of their key traits. This information is then used to allow pupils to create their own A9imal using these key traits.

First level provides pictures and descriptions.

Second level just provides the pictures so pupils can be asked to work out what the key traits are for each animal.

A9imal (First Level)

A9imal – Second Level 

Ecology FAQ’s

The Ecology FAQ’s below have been developed by an ecologist to answer some of the main questions pupils may have with regard to what an ecologists does, what wildlife exists on the A9 and how we protect it. The FAQ’s also includes links to further information in answer to certain questions.

Ecology FAQs (Second Level)

Nature Detective

Nature Detective is an Academy 9 activity used during the Academy 9 Roadshow. It aims to investigate the role of an ecologist on the A9 Dualling project by identifying plants or animals located along the A9 by looking for clues or evidence left behind. 

The five videos below provide pupils with an opportunity to see badgers, otters, bats and squirrels in their natural habitat. These could be used to support a biology or geography lesson or as part of the Nature Detective activity.

Nature Detective Badger Video (Second Level)

Nature Detective Bat Video (Second Level)

Nature Detective Squirrel Video 1 (Second Level)

Nature Detective (Second Level) 

 Nature Detective Squirrel Video 2 – Squirrel Chasing (Second Level)

Nature Detective Otter Video (Second Level)

Make your own bird feeder activity

The Academy9 team unfortunately still aren’t able to visit your schools at the moment but we have lots of fun and educational activities for  you to do at home!  Why not build a bird feeder fatball to hang in your garden and watch the birds swarm to it as we head into the winter weather.  The birds will thank you for the extra food! 

Academy9 Bird Feeder Activity