Bowdleflode Testimonials



Katie Hoebee is the head teacher at Crofton Anne Dale Junior who were one of the first schools to take part in the Bowdleflodes Wildlife Project in 2018.  The school repeated the project in 2019 and this is what she has to say about it.


Daresbury School

Warrington, Cheshire UK

February 2019

Testimonial for the Bowdleflode Project

The Bowdleflodes project has proven to be a great success within my class. It has inspired their imagination and creativity and has been an enjoyable experience for all children. It has allowed for cross-curricular work as the children researched endangered species and broadened their understanding of what the term actually means. They then used this to support their designs.

The whole process from start to finish was straight forward and there was always support available via email if I had any questions or queries. I would highly recommend that other schools participated in this project as the satisfaction the children had to see their designs published online was a delight.


Liz Woodward

Teacher – Class 4



The Bowdleflodes Project has proven itself to be a really powerful educational tool that young artists, of all abilities, readily engage with. It is a playful and imaginative way to sharpen creative thinking, ideation and literacy skills, through active and reflective learning.

It is also a highly accessible catalyst for cross-curricular expansion because the central idea reaches out to Natural Sciences and touches on the ethical questions of animal conservation and habitat protection.

My students loved the books and the delightful illustrations, and they learned much about the relationship between author and illustrator; something that, perhaps, they had not realised before when looking at children’s books.

I would strongly recommend all Arts faculties to integrate this programme into their curriculum.

Vic Hazeldine
Arts Co-ordinator St. Helen’s
St Helen’s School, Northwood

  1. 02. 2019




September 2018

Testimonial for the Bowdleflode Project

We were thrilled to be one of the first schools to take part in the Bowdleflodes project.  The concept of the Bowdleflode Zoo allowed us to make meaningful links between art and science and gave the children a real purpose for their learning about classification, while raising the profile of endangered species.  By asking the children to create their own unique animal, we could assess their scientific understanding in an exciting and creative way.  The children were truly inspired once they knew their designs were going to be published online; it really added an extra dimension to the task they were given and we were thrilled with the quality of the children’s work.  Being able to order items printed with their design  will take it to the next level!! We can’t wait for our next group of Year 6 children to take part in the project and to see more of their imaginative creations enter the Bowdleflode Zoo.

Mrs K Hoebee

Head of School



Hi Neil,

I really loved hearing about your brilliant children’s project – the story, the art and the entire concept are all so engaging, creative and fun.

Here are the poems I mentioned to you earlier. Thank you for asking me to send them.

Thanks again,

Isabelle T

Author and Poet

5th September 2018



Nick Gibb MP, Minister for Schools Standards, recently visited the Bowdleflodes in their office to hear all about The Bowdleflode Project.

February 1st 2019.




August 2018

Email from The Head of Art  –  WOOLSTON BROOK SCHOOL, CHESHIRE

“Hi Neil

Hope you are well,

I have just put the children’s artwork from my school in the post to you for the online Bowdleflode Zoo.

The Bowdleflodes book you kindly donated was really well received by our primary children and they loved the story and thought Lauren’s colourful illustrations were really great.

Our children then researched the internet for ideas and I’m sure you’ll agree they have come up with some unique creatures.

Because many of our children may have low self-esteem, anxiety and problems when socialising with other children; it means that they seldom venture outside when at home.  Therefore, I’m particularly delighted with what they have achieved!

Thanks again for the great opportunity to be part of something that’s got such a wonderful message and to get our children thinking about wildlife and nature.

I am a true advocate of the importance of art in education and getting children to experience the great outdoors and to love and respect it’s frailty.

I wish you every success with the future Bowdleflodes books and if I can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line. All the best.”


Wilfred Woods      Head of Art.


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