Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, got the chance to see local school children getting inspired by nature last Friday (26 January) when she paid a visit to RSPB Old Moor to experience the successful outdoor learning programme.
Children from Goldthorpe primary School came to the reserve for a day of wild adventure and had a great time with Old Moor’s expert team, discovering pond minibeasts and the habitat they live in. This is just one of the variety of tailored sessions the RSPB offers to schools. The children spent time in the habitats, where they followed the national curriculum-led sessions, learning about the wildlife and nature.
A Study from Plymouth University (2016) show that children can learn more effectively in different surroundings especially outdoors.
Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, said “It’s really important to get children active, with hands-on learning experiences in nature from a young age, as it has a positive impact on their physical health, emotional wellbeing and their education.”
The learning team at RSPB Old Moor have a variety of fantastic habitats and tailored learning sessions they offer to schools. These provide the children with the perfect opportunity to experience nature first hand, make exciting discoveries, and instil a love of the natural world and, with that, the desire to protect it in the future.
It is not just schools that have to chance to enjoy this wildlife oasis; over 100,000 visitors per year come to RSPB Old Moor. With regular events, amazing wildlife, beautiful countryside walks, a stunning shop and delicious food served in the café, it is not hard to see why. RSPB Old Moor has something for everyone.
Matthew Capper, Site Manager at RSPB Dearne Valley said “The future of the reserve is looking even better, as the RSPB was successful in the first phase of a major new Heritage Lottery Funding bid, which is being worked on for the site over the next two years. This programme will be looking to invest in the facilities so make it even better for our visitors, so watch this space for exciting future work and developments.”
To plan your schools visit to RSPB Old Moor and get your class starting their own wildlife adventure head to www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning.