level you teach, the Centre can offer just the right practical activities to suit you.
Individual days can be tailored to meet your needs, whether you want to explore life and
living processes in a variety of habitats, do art, map work, or carry out some biological
sampling at Advanced level.
For those involved in teaching secondary and tertiary students it can
be difficult to find easily accessible local areas to demonstrate concepts such as
competition and succession, or to practice biological sampling methods. The Centre is
ideally suited for this because it contains such a wide variety of habitats in a
relatively small area. Within the space of five or ten minutes, one can easily access
ponds, streams and wetlands, a variety of broadleaf and coniferous woodlands, or emergent
heathland. Classroom and technical facilities are also conveniently located on site.
The Centre can provide students with an introduction to the natural
world which is particularly suitable for GCSE. For A level Geography and Environmental
Science, this can be combined with a look at human influence on the landscape. This
particular line of enquiry makes use not only of the Centre but also of visits to nearby
commercial forestry and farmland.
Primary schools, the Centre provides a range of activities which have been
developed and refined since 1986.
Groups can explore the
natural processes as outlined in the National Curriculum. The natural world is, after all,
where topics such as food chains, decomposition, growth and nutrient cycles actually take
place. Children can explore the theoretical ideas through hands-on practical activities.
Don't forget to ask about our IT
support. The Trust's extensive website is updated regularly. It contains a great
variety of educational and general interest resources for students at all levels, from Ranger's Puzzle Pages, to habitat
The Centre also has a range of audio visual
equipment. Depending on the season, webcams allow people to view wildlife sights they
would never otherwise see, such as close-up details of Sparrowhawk family life.