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School trip ideas

Immerse your class in hands-on learning with an educational school visit to one of our fabulous nature reserves.

It's a great opportunity to inspire them to talk about their science and geography learning while fully engaging in the great outdoors.

Supporting curriculum-based learning

Our sessions are led by RSPB education professionals who are specialists in their field and able to engage all abilities, while helping you meet your learning objectives.

  • Curriculum linked half or full day sessions
  • Varied and well-paced sessions
  • Get pupils working scientifically and using technical vocabulary in context
  • Build pupils’ resilience and character
  • Potential for ongoing learning back in the classroom
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The sessions were pitched perfectly with an excellent range of teaching techniques, keeping my SEN and greater depth learners engaged all day.

All Saints Academy

Ongoing learning

It’s not just the day on a nature reserve that will benefit your students. Why not take the learning beyond the nature reserve and use the day as stimulus back in the classroom?

You could use the day to inspire their imaginative writing or as the basis for a non-fiction fact file. Or turn your minibeast hunt into a graph back in the classroom and compare with a similar search of the school grounds. While at secondary level, use the fieldwork data from your visit for detailed mathematical analysis and interpretation.

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Outstanding introduction to my new topic - the children were immersed in their learning and I will be able to draw on their experiences for a series of lessons.

Northfield School

Visits to reserves

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Come to an RSPB reserve near you and discover the delights of wildlife. These unique and memorable hands-on learning activities take place on our stunning reserves, bringing wildlife and nature to life.

Choose from a selection of half- or full-day programmes, and let us do the rest. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Find a schools reserve near you

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    • Avalon Marshes, Somerset

      Avalon Marshes, Somerset

      Have fun discovering bitterns, otters, dragonflies, ancient heritage and much more in the Somerset levels.

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    • Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire

      Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire

      The best place in England to bring your class to see, hear and smell seabirds!

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    • Conwy, Conwy

      Conwy, Conwy

      This reserve is delightful at any time of year. A safe haven for thousands of waders, and for your class!

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    • Dungeness, Kent

      Dungeness, Kent

      Nothing can quite prepare you for the landscape of Dungeness - mile after mile of shingle, wild and weird!

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    • Fairburn Ings, Yorkshire

      Fairburn Ings, Yorkshire

      A wildlife oasis providing a fantastic hands-on learning resource in the heart of West Yorkshire.

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    • Leighton Moss, Lancashire

      Leighton Moss, Lancashire

      Enjoy a fascinating day exploring a nature reserve packed with rare wetland habitats. Special birds, deer and butterflies aplenty!

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    • Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

      Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

      A beautiful reserve, with a variety of habitats to explore, including wetland.

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    • Loch Leven, Kinross

      Loch Leven, Kinross

      An inspirational reserve where children can have an active, hands-on experience, exploring and learning about the natural world.

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    • Minsmere, Suffolk

      Minsmere, Suffolk

      Minsmere is a vast, incredible place, with plenty of room to explore.

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    • Newport Wetlands, Gwent

      Newport Wetlands, Gwent

      A wildlife haven on the edge of the city to inspire your class!

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    • Old Moor, Yorkshire

      Old Moor, Yorkshire

      This reserve is delightful at any time of year. A safe haven for thousands of waders, and for your class!

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    • Pagham Harbour & Medmerry, Sussex

      Pagham Harbour & Medmerry, Sussex

      Medmerry reserve now offers hands on KS3, KS4 & KS5 courses in coastal and geographical studies.

      Glorious and peaceful nature reserves on one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast.

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    • Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex

      Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex

      Set in the beautiful Arun Valley, Pulborough Brooks is an ideal place to bring your class.

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    • Rainham Marshes, Essex

      Rainham Marshes, Essex

      Thrilling encounters with the natural world in an urban environment.

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    • Ribble Discovery Centre, Lancashire

      Ribble Discovery Centre, Lancashire

      Join us to experience magical mud, hidden habitats and amazing animals.

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    • Rye Meads, Herfordshire

      Rye Meads, Herfordshire

      A delightful wetland reserve beside the River Lee.

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    • Saltholme, County Durham

      Saltholme, County Durham

      Come and explore our huge wetland and all its wildlife.

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    • Sandwell Valley, West Midlands

      Sandwell Valley, West Midlands

      Escape for an hour or two at this oasis for wildlife, less than five miles from the centre of Birmingham.

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    Prices

    From 1st April 2018 prices are as follows

    Primary & Early Years per pupil (inc VAT)

    • £4 per two-hour session, £6.50 for two sessions to make a full day. 
    • There is a minimum charge of £80 for a half day and £130 for a full day. 

    Secondary KS3 and KS4 per Student (inc VAT)

    • £5 per two-hour session, or £8 for a full day. 
    • There is a minimum charge of £100 half day and £160 for a full day.

    A-level per student (inc VAT)

    • £6 for a half day, or £10 for a full day. 
    • There is a minimum charge of £100 for a half day and £160 for a full day.

    These are our standard prices, there may be some local variation - please check when making your booking.

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