Pagham Harbour and Medmerry
Sitting in one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast, Pagham and Medmerry are important places for many species of birds, insects, mammals and plants.
Medmerry courses now available!
RSPB Medmerry now offers essential geopgraphical courses including;
- KS3 Geographical fieldwork
- KS4 Coastal Landscapes and Management
- KS5 A level Coasts.
Book your place
Interested in bringing your class to our reserve? Complete a booking request form and send it in below.
Students visiting Medmerry will see first-hand, the dynamic nature of a managed retreat. Ruins of Thorney Farm within the shingle always fascinates students, and helps them to grasp our rapidly changing coastline. They will observe examples of hard and soft engineering strategies: groynes, rock armour, sea wall, and evidence of beach nourishment.
Activities include a wide range of geographical fieldwork sessions, including: measuring the beach profile inside and outside the re-alignment zone, recording beach particle size, establishing the direction of longshore drift, identifying wave type, measuring the strength and direction of the wind, undertaking a field sketch, taking qualitative observations and writing their own risk assessment.
The sessions teach fieldwork techniques relevant for GCSE and A level exams, and students' geographical investigations. Case studies can be found on the Geagraphical Associations website. Historical fieldwork data is also available.
Secondary programmes are designed to last all day, from 10am to 12pm and then 12:30 to 2:30pm.
How to find us:
For directions to Medmerry Nature Reserve visit the reserve page.
Pagham Harbour offers the unique opportunity to visit our saltmarsh habitat. Children will be working scientifically to investigate specialised plants and identify the minibeasts in the mud samples they collect. The saltmarsh-based sessions reveal foodchains in action: plants, invertebrates and wading birds. At nearby Church Norton, children can visit our shingle coastline, and discover the fascinating story of Pagham spit.
The Land and pond minibeast discovery area, classroom and large bird-hide allow children to have a fun, safe and educational visit.
Each Primary programme is designed to last two hours. Two programmes can be combined to make a whole day visit. Secondary programmes are designed to last all day.
Pagham Harbour has coach parking, but Church Norton (for our coastal sessions) can only be accessed by minibus.
How to find us:
For directions to Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve visit the reserve page.
Programmes available on these reserves
PDF, 239KbEYFS and KS1 Brilliant Birds
PDF, 240KbEYFS and KS1 Discovering Land Minibeasts
PDF, 240KbEYFS and KS1 Discovering Pond Minibeasts
PDF, 161KbEYFS and KS1 Seasonal Sensory Walk
PDF, 157KbKS1 Plant Detectives
PDF, 159KbKS1 Discovering Mud Minibeasts
PDF, 82KbKS2 Investigating Minibeasts
PDF, 78KbKS2 Living Things and their Habitat
PDF, 82KbKS2 Pond/Mud Habitat Study
PDF, 77KbKS2 Discovering Birds
PDF, 70KbKS2 Investigating Coasts
Word doc, 29KbKS3 Geographical fieldwork (Medmerry)
Word doc, 33KbKS3 Science Ecological investigations and sampling
Word doc, 27KBKS4 GCSE Geography Coastal Landscapes and Physical Processes
Word doc, 27kbKS4 GCSE Geography Ecosystems Fieldwork
Word doc, 27KbKS5 A level Biology Succession
Word doc, 27KbKS5 A Level Geography (2016) Coasts (Medmerry)