What lives in the river?

Lots of different animals and plants live in rivers. We say the river is their habitat, the environment that they live in.

Can you match the names of these plants and animals to the pictures below? (Rollover for the answer)

Otter

Minibeasts

Fish

Leech

Crayfish

Water vole

Algae

Kingfisher

Snail

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What lives in the river?

The animals that live in the river must be adapted to their environment. Can you match the features of the mini beast with what it is adapted for?

a) Three long tails 

b)  Gills

c) Camouflage

d) Hooked feet

e) Hard case

f) Feelers and big eyes

1) To breathe underwater

2) To hold onto rocks so it doesn’t get washed away

3) To search for food

4) To help it move by swimming

5) So predators find it hard to see

6) To protect against the flow of water and moving rocks

Food chains

All living things need food to survive. Plants get their energy from the sun and make their own food. They are called Producers. Some animals eat plants. These animals are called Herbivores. Some animals eat other animals. These are called Carnivores. 

We can link animals together in a Food chain. The arrow means ‘is eaten by..’

In this food chain the worm eats the algae, the fish eats the worm and the kingfisher eats the fish.

Kingfisher foodchain

Can you describe what is happening in these food chains?

Otter foodchain
Otter foodchain
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