EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

For all ages from pre-school to further education.

Individual students can be helped with projects. Suitable activities can be organised by our volunteers for uniformed groups- Beavers, Cubs, Brownies etc after discussion with the society.

We have a great variety of topics that can be covered during your School visit.

The Reserve consists of mixed (mostly broad leaved) woodland of which a third is coppiced commercially, a 4 acre field, ponds, streams, a seepage bog which is the main source of the River Blackwater, about 8 acres of heathland and some native conifers. These vary diverse habitats support a wide variety of fauna and flora.

Young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh, Trident and Queen’s Scout or Guide awards have carried out tasks in the Reserve with the Conservation Volunteers.

Because of the wide variety of habitats in a relatively small area, the Reserve provides excellent educational opportunities and much use is made of the facilities at the Field Centre, and of guided walks within the Reserve, by local schools. Educational visits range from pre-school children through to students from colleges including 6th forms and local Agricultural College.

Members of the Society’s educational team accompany school parties around the Reserve and projects may be supervised by Members with specialist knowledge of skills.

FACILITIES

Field Centre (accessible by wheelchair) has toilets including one for people with special needs. There is space for a maximum of forty people for a lunch break. There is a trail for people with special needs accessible at the end of Parkland Grove off the Weybourne Road; but most of the reserve is unsuitable for wheelchairs.The ratio of helpers to students is governed by local education requirements for outdoor activities.

  • Maximum capacity of 40 including adult helpers
  • Wheelchair access

No charge will be made for school classes and uniformed groups; however, donations towards the work of the Rowhill Nature Reserve Society are welcome.

OPTIONS

Rowhill Nature Reserve provides a number of educational opportunities for groups and schools including guided topic walks, conservation tasks, research and project work.

  • Guided topic walks - general nature, rivers and water, habitats and their management, history of the area
  • Project work
  • Conservation tasks (at weekends only) arranged in conjunction with the Conservation Officer
  • Research - survey work by senior students

BOOK YOUR VISIT

Booking is essential as Rowhill Copse is a designated local Nature Reserve and it is a R.B.C. requirement that all group use is carefully monitored. Please download a booking form below. Booking forms are also available from the Secretary, please call 07729 666118 to discuss your requirements.

Group booking form.pdf

School booking form.pdf

TOPICS WE CAN COVER

  • Water - Rivers: The River Blackwater rises in the Reserve
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Habitats and Mini beasts: A detailed study of two or three of the above habitats
  • Animal Homes

  • Habitats: Heathland; Pinewood; Mixed Deciduous Woodland including Coppice; Ponds; Streams; a Boggy habitat which includes the Source of the River Blackwater; Grassland
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Human Impact on the Reserve
  • Woods and Trees