For Teachers and Home Educators

A recent study has shown that children today spend so little time outdoors that much of Britain’s most common wildlife remains totally alien to them. It was found that:

One in three cannot identify a magpie, one of Britain’s most common and distinctive birds

Only 53% could identify an oak tree – Britain’s national tree

Barn Owl

Only 47% could identify a barn owl

We need to be working together to ensure that children get outside and learn about what lives in their own local environment. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales can help by providing:

- Led visits to our nature reserves. Full day = £3.50 per child for non-members, £2.50 per child for member). Half day = £2 for non-members, £1.50 for members (minimum charge applies)

- Help with school grounds (£250 per day)

- Teacher Placement Days (£250)

- Equipment hire (£20 per day)

- Assemblies (donations welcomed)

- Outreach programmes – Full day £150, half day £100

- Self-led visits to Parc Slip Nature Reserve. Download details here: Self-led Visits to Parc Slip (pdf)

We work with school children of all ages and abilities. Our education staff are based at Parc Slip Nature Reserve in Tondu, The Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran and Dow Corning Nature Centre in Barry, they are also available to work on other reserves and at your school.

All of our activities have been assessed using our risk assessment form but it is suggested that you use this form to create your own risk assessment, appropriate for your individual class. In order to make the most of your visit we recommend that we read our out of classroom learning links. Please let us know of any specific needs before your visit.

Schools membership costs £100 per year and members can benefit from discounted prices and access to our members only section.

These educational pages have been created with funding from The North Gower Woodlands Project. The North Gower Woodlands Project is a joint venture between the Llanrhidian Community Hall Trust Limited, The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales and the City and County of Swansea. The project brings together several existing woodlands in rural north Gower. The project has created opportunities for people, especially children, who do not normally have ready access to the countryside to learn about and connect with a biodiverse rural environment and provide opportunities for the health-beneficial use and enjoyment of the woodlands for individuals, groups and families.