Steve Backshall and Digimap for Schools launch wildlife comp

Ordnance Survey, EDINA and outdoor adventurer Steve Backshall team up to launch wildlife and mapping competition for primary schools

Win a visit from Steve Backshall for your school with the Digimap for Schools #wildlifemap competition.

To enter the competition, open to any school in Great Britain with primary-aged children, schools will need to use Digimap for Schools to create a map annotated with photos and text showing signs of wildlife around their school.

Digimap for Schools allows full access to Ordnance Survey mapping of all scales including detailed large scale maps, plus the historical maps from 1890s and 1950s.

Schools are being asked to submit their maps to Ordnance Survey. The winning school will bag a visit from Steve Backshall, wildlife presenter, naturalist and all-around adventurer. “Wildlife is all about us, in city, town and countryside.” said Peter Burnhill, Director of EDINA at the University of Edinburgh.

“And this competition is a great opportunity to use Digimap for Schools to put your school on an Ordnance Survey map in the way you would wish it to be seen.”

All schools have to do is register at the Digimap for Schools Wildlife Competition siteThe closing date for the competition is 10 June 2016.

While the grand prize is Steve Backshall visiting the winning school to speak at assembly and taking the winning class on a wildlife walk, there are other prizes up for grabs too.

For each week of the competition, two schools who have tweeted the most interesting individual photo with the hashtag #wildlifemap will be sent a bonus prize of a book signed by Steve Backshall.

For more information on the competition visit


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