A school visit to us includes:
- All school groups are given an introductory talk on arrival from one of our experienced members of staff. This talk will be tailored to suit the age of pupils in your group and will give an overview of the work we do and the birds that we have in our care.
- Ample free coach parking with easy set down and pickup
- Free recce for school group leader in advance
- Free driver admission
- Fully accessible buildings and grounds
- A chance to team with The National Botanic Gardens School programme to cover more key stage topics in one visit
We have a full daily timetable of activities that your school group can take part in, including watching our amazing flying demonstrations. On top of these activities, we offer a range of workshops that have been designed to give a more hands-on approach to learning.
All of our activities are listed below and are based on class size groups of between 12 and 30 pupils, but some can be adapted for larger groups or the itinerary arranged to run smaller sessions throughout a visit.
Owl Pellet Investigation
This interactive session brings the classroom to life! Our falconers will assist students to dissect an owl pellet to see what our owls have been eating and understand how their digestive system works. There will also be the opportunity to meet an owl for a truly up close experience.
Learning outcomes: Understand the digestive process, identify the nutritional needs of an owl, discuss the diets and habits of wild bird of prey.
Conservation In Action
After watching our native birds show off their flying skills in our displays why not get up close with a Red Kite meet and greet or even our White-tailed Sea Eagle! During this teaching sessions we will take a look at the different species across Wales and the UK to learn about their conservation status and how we can ensure these beautiful birds thrive in the wild.
Learning outcomes: Discover the impotence of nature. Identify native species that are endangered, what this means and the causes. Recognise how humans can have both a positive/negative influence of wildlife. Learn how we can help on a personal level and through the wider community.
Nocturnal Animals & Birds
During this session we will learn about owls and their super powers including eye colour, hearing and silent flight. There will also be the chance for everyone to meet and hold an owl!
Learning Outcomes: Identify what senses owls use to successfully hunt at night and what special adaptations they have to help them.
Predator Adaptations & Food
Delve into the world of survival and find out just how amazing nature really is.
Objectives: Recognise that birds have different adaptations which aid their survival in the wild. Through observations and gathering information from different sources throughout the visit, pupils will identify key adaptations and their function.
Watch how a variety of birds of prey use their different styles of flight to gain an advantage over their prey. Work out what styles of flight work best for which species and why. Study wing shapes and styles and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Objectives: Investigate how nature uses different styles of flight to survive. Observe, identify and record a variety of flight styles using ID sheets. Discuss how the human word has learned from birds to develop.
Ask the Expert
Turn your pupils into budding young reporters!
Objectives: As a group, interview a professional in an unusual profession. Ask relevant questions, take notes and gather information to enable writing a report about what has been learnt. Prepare ideas and questions before the interview.
Inspire artistic imagination and creativity with the challenge of drawing a real, live bird of prey posing in natural surroundings right in front of your eyes!
Objectives: Produce creative work through observational drawing. Develop basic artistic techniques and use creative flair to interpret visual experience. Recognise patterns and colours used in the natural world aiding camouflage.
Let our birds of prey broaden minds and inspire creative thinking and writing.
Objectives: Reflecting on their experience at The British Bird of Prey Centre to compose a poem or piece of creative writing using descriptive words, feelings, emotions and facts learned during their visit. Acquiring a wider vocabulary, using discussion and creative writing to explore expressing opinions, thoughts and feelings.
"Incredible experience - We watched the team fly the birds of prey today and it was by far the best one I have ever seen"
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"Best New Attraction 2018 - WOW. That's the only word to describe how amazing this place is"
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