Heather Bothwell - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Heather Bothwell

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Heather  Bothwell    Water Invertebrates
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Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Heather is a lifelong birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast. She brings a variety of living things in to the classroom for the children to explore first hand - unusual plants, flowers, leaves, berries and bugs. In the outdoors, the children have the opportunity to use pond-dipping equipment, moth traps, pitfall traps, insect-catching equipment, binoculars, and spotting scopes (all provided).

Heather also uses a range of materials in the classroom, including slides, bird-song tapes, games and wildlife pictures. Heather has a degree in Zoology and also has many years' experience working in the area of horticulture.

Equipment to find, and look closely at, mini beasts in log piles and moss, butterflies , beetles , mothse, flies, true bugs. Hands-on activity.

Heather will bring water mini-beasts to the school, or, if feasible, class visits water habitat. Hands-on activity.

Introduction to ideas of habitats and looking at school grounds as habitats. Simple habitat mapping and ideas of management for biodiversity. Looking at schoolyard birds.

A hands-on introduction to specialist wetland plants and insects; why wetlands are so important; field trip (if feasible).

A hands-on introduction to pollinators: wild flowers; finding pollen; finding local pollinators; using hand lenses and optical and digital microscope.

A close look at leaf shape; berries and winter buds in the local environment.


  • "Overall excellent day!"
  • "A great experience for children, opened their eyes to the incredible biodiversity in their immediate surroundings."
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  • "Heather was a very knowledgeable expert about our native animals and habitats. Heather supplied fantastic equipment and children were engaged from the beginning."
  • "Heather is an excellent advocate for promoting biodiversity in the community. She excels in all these areas and we would highly recommend her. The children and staff had a wonderful day."
  • "Heather was fantastic. She was very informative on so many subjects such as biodiversity, wildlife and birds. She engaged and interacted with the children and they all have a brilliant day." - Scoil Bhríde, Cavan
  • "Heather's presentation was very informative, interactive and enjoyed by pupils and staff in our school." - Scoil Bhríde, Cavan
  • "All children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day. Heather is an amazing lady who has an incredible wealth of knowledge on various subjects.We are in the process of our 6th Green Flag for Biodiversity and Heather was a great help with our habitat map.She also did some work with the children on wildlife habitats around the school. We would highly recommend her to any school." - Scoil Bhride , Cavan
  • "Heather did a fantastic job in engaging our pupils. Her way of working with the pupils and resources to aid teaching and learning were of an extremely high level. We look forward to welcoming Heather back to the school for further visits in the future." - St. Michael’s NS, Cavan
  • "The pupils really enjoyed the day with Heather who is an excellent facilitator and come highly recommended." - Scoil Bhride, Cavan
  • "Content was well delivered, specialist was very well informed of the area we went to. The information was adjusted for the different age groups" - Fairgreen NS, Cavan

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
049 433 4416
087 669 9681