hi, my DS2 is in the wildlife team. Quite right, too, actually, since what he doesn't know about birds ain't worth knowing. However, he's a tad scanty on general wildlife - of the buds of trees / habits of plants / how toadspawn differs from frogspawn (is in chains, not clumps, since you ask!) end of things.
My DS1 was (somehow) in this team 2 years ago and we went to one of the rounds (there are inter-school quizzes). Frankly: scary. The level of knowledge required was GCSE, I'd've thought, and there's no team collaboration, so if you don't know your answer on the colour of ash trees in bud (black, as it goes), then that's you shamed. And it's horribly public.
Can anyone suggest a good, basic British wildlife book?? My DS2 is very interested in all this sort of thing so it's something I should already have got - I bought the Usborne guides, the slim ones on Urban wildlife etc, but need something a tad meatier but with pictures.
Any help gratefully received although I'm not desp hopeful.