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Education Activities

We offer a range of hands on, engaging activities aimed at key stage one and two groups which can be tailored to suit your group’s needs. All activities encourage hands on exploration of the natural world and are linked to the curriculum. Some activities are location specific.

Freshwater DiscoveryPond dipping at Westhay Moor

Explore the wonderful world of freshwater invertebrates through kick sampling (flowing water) or pond dipping (standing water). Use key charts to identify the animals you find. Investigate the freshwater food-chain  and find out how each animal is adapted to their habitat.
Suitable for KS 1 and 2

Where can I do it?

Westhay Moor, Harridge Wood, Thurlbear Wood, Fyne Court. Find out more about the reserves here

 

Woodland ExplorersHarridge Woods

Become a woodland explorer and discover the importance of trees and how they contribute to our every day lives. Find out more about a woodland habitat and the variety of wildlife they support. Use charts and guides to identify trees and explore the differences between species.
Suitable for KS 1 and 2

Where can I do it?

Harridge Wood, Thurlbear Wood, Fyne Court, Great Breech Wood, Langford Heathfield, Black Rock.
Find out more about the reserves here

Minibeast Safarimmh 2 sml

Log piles and leaf litter might be made up of dead material but it is heaving with life. Discover the creatures that make rotting wood their home and investigate how they move, feed and the role they play in managing our environment. With the help of charts and keys, identify the animals and explore how they link together through the food chains and webs.
Suitable for KS 1 and 2

Where can I do it?

Harridge Wood, Thurlbear Wood, Fyne Court, Great Breech Wood, Westhay Moor, Langford Heathfield, Chancellors Farm, Black Rock, Ubley Warren.
Find out more about the reserves here

Wonderful WetlandsWesthay

Somerset is famous for its wetland habitats. Take a wander through our wetlands and explore the variety of wildlife that makes this watery world its home. Visit a bird hide, identify some wetland birds and use your senses to explore this fantastic reserve.
Suitable for KS1 and 2 

Where can I do it?

Westhay Moor
Find out more about the reserves here

Marvellous MeadowsUpton Noble 2

Visit the wonderful wild flower meadows of Chancellors Farm, high up on the Mendip Hills. Explore the history of the farm and discover how it is looked after as a nature reserve today. Plus meet some of the farms residents, the Ruby Red Devon cows.
Suitable for KS 1 or 2

Where can I do it?

Chancellors Farm (summer only) 
Find out more about the reserves here

Sensory Earth WalkReserves main page

Use all your senses to discover and explore our fantastic nature reserves. Experience the smell of wild garlic, the texture of soil, the sound of a woodland and the sight of the smallest insect to the biggest tree. Children will develop a greater awareness and appreciation of how different wildlife relies on its senses for survival.
Suitable for KS 1 and 2

Where can I do it?

Westhay Moor, Harridge Wood, Thurlbear Wood, Chancellors Farm, Great Breech Wood, Fyne Court, Langford Heathfield, Black Rock, Ubley Warren.
Find out more about the reserves here