An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Our team in the North Chiltern hills of South Bedfordshire are experienced field teachers who are eager to pass on their skills in conservation and leading outdoor education for people of all ages. Advice, training and support are provided through meetings, workshops and training days. Groups can use Wildlife Trust sites and other green spaces for 'real world' learning as well as using their own outdoor space. Wildlife Trust staff help build the skills and confidence to help you lead regular outdoor sessions, enabling you to link in your own objectives. The Forest School approach to outdoor educational delivery can be taught in the sessions as well as ecology field skills.
Training days can be formulated to meet council and business objectives. You and your staff will understand the benefit of making your outdoor spaces better for wildlife and people, through practical support, helping you to achieve your goals.
Assemblies and Community Group talks
Assemblies and talks cover the theme of wildlife found in the North Chilterns Chalk and how people are involved in the process of creating a Living Landscape. Assemblies are tailored to the age of the children and are interactive.
Behind the Scenes. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 . 2-3 hours.
Wildlife Detectives. Suitable for Key Stage 2 & 3 pupils. 3 hours.
An activity trail leads children around the Nature Reserve.
Meadow Mayhem activities can include;
- Sweep nets and other techniques to discover mini-beasts including dung beetles.
- Interactive science and team games.
- Bird watching.
- Wild flower surveying
- Sensory activities
Vocational and A level courses
Quadrat, transect and invertebrate surveys. 2.5 hours.
Learning new techniques for data collection can form the foundation for projects, as well as the opportunity to experience real scientific techniques used in the field.
An introduction to the practical management of chalk grassland. 3 hours.
This course takes place over 2 half days. The first session takes place at school, college or community venue where a background presentation is given, followed by an introduction to the practical, safe use of tools and bonfires in conservation. The second session takes place on a Nature Reserve where students get the chance to make a real difference by doing practical conservation work.
School ground and community space wildlife improvements
Timings are flexible depending upon needs.
Enrich your outdoor space for learning and wildlife. Practical workshops on hedge planting and other simple habitat creation can be undertaken involving your community.
Advisory sessions covering safety, activity planning and delivery are available.
Community group and School Workshops
Indoor and outdoor workshops are available, including the following activities;
- Owl pellet dissection.
- Making wildlife shelters.
- Interactive wildlife games and crafts.
- Habitat investigation on school/community grounds.
- Practical conservation skills.
Bush Craft and Forest School Sessions can be adapted for all ages and can be delivered as a series of sessions, or as a one-off taster session. Early years children particularly enjoy the inspirational setting of a Nature Reserve or school grounds. Using the principles of Forest School, creative play, sensory activities, maths and literacy can all be introduced as part of a workshop.
Youth Rangers - photography workshop
Young persons photography workshop at Blow's Downs nature reserve.
Chalkhill Blue Butterfly Walk
Chalkhill blue butterfly walk with Richard Knock, Greg Herbert and Butterfly Conservation
Family Nocturnal Event
A nocturnal event for families with younger children and teenagers.