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Hunter or hunted

Learning objectives

  • To understand how animals adapt to living in the Arctic
  • To investigate a migratory species, the barnacle goose
  • To investigate the fragility of the ecosystem
  • To undertake an enquiry into the effects of climate change

Pole position

An investigation of the ways in which animals have adapted to live in the extreme Polar environment.

Red or dead

An enquiry into the fragility of the Arctic environment and the animals which are at risk of extinction

Long haul travel

Many species that live in the Arctic migrate south to find food and to breed thus escaping the worst of the Arctic winter. Barnacle geese migrate to the north of Scotland. This section investigates their migration with some mathematical opportunity to calculate one bird's migration and feeding pattern. The bird loses 27% of its body weight over the month of migration. There is also an opportunity for some descriptive writing.

The sounds of barnacle geese were supplied by Sounds Natural and a podcast of a Wild goose chase in Galloway is available on their website at

A fine balance

An investigation of whales and polar bears and the effects of climate change and the use of them by indigenous people.

Polar pitstop

Presenting the case for conservation of the polar bear in 2020 to an Arctic Climate Summit

Teachers' notes

Notes on each chapter for information and tips on the activities in each section to help you plan how to use the site:


Home | 1: Climate change | 2: Living on the edge | 3: Arctic science | 4: Hunter or hunted? | 5: Postcard from the edge | 6: Troubled waters | 7: Resources from the edge | 8: Arctic Circumpolar Governance | 9: Snow, water, ice, permafrost | 10: Adapting to change

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