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School Visits

A whole host of hands-on learning experiences await school groups at our reserves. Find out more.

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Our RSPB reserves are wonderful wild spaces, full of opportunities for hands-on learning. That’s why we created our Schools on Reserves (SoR) programme – to give school pupils a chance to experience nature up close, while helping teachers meet their curriculum needs. 

As part of SoR, a number of our RSPB nature reserves offer bookable outdoor education sessions for pupils of different ages and learning stages. On this page, you’ll find a list of the reserves involved in the programme and the sessions they offer, as well as information on pricing and guidelines for teachers. 

Enquire About A School Visit

In September 2023, most of our Schools on Reserves Sites were awarded the Council for Leaning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. This external assessment recognises our commitment to high quality, safe visits for school groups in England, Wales and Scotland. 

We’re proud to be inspiring the next generation of nature lovers through the SoR programme, as well as our other educational work. To find out more about our support for schools and educational organisations, visit our Education and inspiring the next generation page.  

Schools on Reserves pricing

Early Years & Primary  

Half day, cost per pupil: £4  
Full day, cost per pupil: £6.50 
Minimum half-day charge: £80 
Minimum full-day charge: £130 

Secondary 

Half day, cost per pupil: £5  
Full day, cost per pupil: £8 
Minimum half-day charge: £100 
Minimum full-day charge: £160 

A level/advanced Higher 

Half day, cost per pupil: £6  
Full day, cost per pupil: £10 
Minimum half-day charge: £100 
Minimum full-day charge: £160 

Educational sessions at our reserves

Our experienced learning teams lead hands-on educational experiences for pupils aged 4-18 years. Choose from a variety of science and geography curriculum-linked sessions designed to provide practical investigations to support learning in school. Primary programmes combine a choice of two different sessions, while secondary programmes are full days.   

Which reserves are involved and what do they offer?

Bempton Cliffs

North Yorkshire, YO15 1JF 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 

Key Stage 2  

  • Discovering Birds 
  • Investigating Coasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats  

Conwy

North Wales, LL31 9XZ 

Foundation Phase  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 

Key Stage 3  

  • Geography Fieldwork 
  • Science Ecological Investigations and Sampling 

Key Stage 4  

  • GCSE Biology/Science Managing for Water Quality 
  • GCSE Biology/Science Ecological Fieldwork Techniques 
  • Key Stage 5  
  • A Level Biology Sampling 
  • A Level Geography Ecosystems Fieldwork 

Dungeness

Kent, TN29 9PN 

Key Stage 1 and 2  

  • Pond dipping and lifecycles
  • Minibeasts and Habitats 

Dearne Valley Old Moor

South Yorkshire, S73 0YF 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 

Fairburn Ings

West Yorkshire, WF10 2BH 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 

Fairhaven Lake

Lancashire, FY8 1BD 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Discovering Mud Minibeasts 
  • Going to the Seaside 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Investigating Coasts 
  • Mud Habitat Study 

Key Stage 3  

  • Geography Fieldwork 

Leighton Moss

Lancashire, LA5 0SW 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 
  • Rocks and Soils 

Key Stage 3  

  • Science Ecological Investigations and Sampling 

Key Stage 4  

  • GCSE Biology/Science Ecological Fieldwork Techniques 

Minsmere

Suffolk, IP17 3BY 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 
  • Going to the Seaside 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 
  • Rocks and Soils 
  • Investigating Coasts 

Key Stage 3  

  • Geography Fieldwork 

Key Stage 4  

  • GCSE Biology/Science Managing for Water Quality 
  • GCSE Biology/Science Ecological Fieldwork Techniques 
  • GCSE Geography Ecosystems Fieldwork 
  • GCSE Coastal Ecosystems and Physical Processes 

Key Stage 5  

  • A Level Biology Human Impact 
  • A Level Biology Sampling Biodiversity 
  • A Level Biology Succession 
  • A Level Geography Coasts 
  • A Level Geography Ecosystems and Sustainability  

Newport Wetlands

Newport, South Wales, NP18 2BZ  

Foundation Phase/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 

Key Stage 3  

  • Geography Fieldwork 
  • Science Ecological Investigations and Sampling 

Key Stage 4  

  • GCSE Biology/Science Managing for Water Quality 
  • GCSE Biology/Science Ecological Fieldwork Techniques 
  • GCSE Geography Ecosystems Fieldwork 

Key Stage 5  

  • A Level Biology Sampling Biodiversity 
  • A Level Geography Ecosystems and Sustainability 

Pagham Harbour and Medmerry

West Sussex, PO20 7NE 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 
  • Discovering Mud Minibeasts 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Pond or Saltmarsh Habitat Study 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Investigating Coasts 

Key Stage 3  

  • Geography Fieldwork 
  • Science Ecological Investigations and Sampling 

Key Stage 4  

  • GCSE Biology/Science Ecological Fieldwork Techniques 
  • GCSE Geography Ecosystems Fieldwork 
  • GCSE Geography Coastal Ecosystems and Physical Processes 

Key Stage 5  

  • A Level Biology Succession 
  • A Level Geography Coasts 

Pulborough Brooks

West Sussex, RH20 2EL   

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study  
  • Investigating Rivers  
  • Rocks and soils 

Key Stage 3  

  • Geography Fieldwork 
  • Science Ecological Investigations and Sampling 

Key Stage 4  

  • GCSE Biology/Science Managing for Water Quality 
  • GCSE Biology/Science Ecological Fieldwork Techniques 

Key Stage 5  

  • A Level Biology Sampling Biodiversity 
  • A Level Biology Succession 

Rainham Marshes

Essex, RM19 1SZ 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 
  • Investigating Rivers 

Key Stage 3  

  • Geography Fieldwork 

Key Stage 4  

  • GCSE Biology/ Science Ecological Fieldwork Techniques 
  • GCSE Geography Rivers and Flooding 

Key Stage 5  

  • A Level Biology Sampling Biodiversity 

Rye Meads

Hertfordshire, SG12 8JS 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 

Key Stage 3  

  • Geography Fieldwork 

Key Stage 4  

  • GCSE Biology/ Science Ecological Fieldwork Techniques 
  • GCSE Geography Ecosystems Fieldwork 

Key Stage 5  

  • A Level Biology Sampling Biodiversity 

Saltholme

Middlesborough, Cleveland, TS2 1TU 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 

Key Stage 3  

  • Geography Fieldwork 
  • Science Ecological Investigations and Sampling 

Key Stage 5  

  • A Level Biology Sampling Biodiversity

Sandwell Valley

Birmingham, B43 5AG 

Early Years/Key Stage 1  

  • Brilliant Birds 
  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 
  • Seasonal Sensory Walk 
  • Plant Detectives 

Key Stage 2  

  • Investigating Minibeasts 
  • Living Things and their Habitats 
  • Discovering Birds 
  • Pond Habitat Study 
  • Investigating Rivers 
  • Rocks and Soils 

Strumpshaw Fen

Norfolk, NR13 4HS

Key Stage 1 and 2  

  • Discovering Land Minibeasts 
  • Discovering Pond Minibeasts 

Session outlines

You can find outlines of all our sessions available to download here.

Guidelines for teachers

Our guide is full of useful information designed to help your school group get the most out of your visit.  

Download The Guide

Risk assessment

Please complete this form and share with all attending staff prior to your visit. 

Download The Risk Assessment 

RSPB safeguarding policy

As an organisation that works with children and vulnerable adults, the RSPB acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to ensuring our safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and regulatory requirements wherever we operate as a charity.

Download The Policy

Interested in visiting a reserve?

You can enquire about a visit here.

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