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Home Education at RSPB Minsmere age 11 - 16

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RSPB Minsmere nature reserve



IP17 3BY

United Kingdom

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Habitat exploration and conservation at RSPB Minsmere. Sessions will involve a variety of conservation tasks that will vary throughout the seasons, from habitat management to species surveying.


What will we do?

Each session will be different but our Learning Team will make sure that the children get hands on with the wildlife of our reserve.

Example activities include:

Removal of scrub and invasive plant species using hand tools such as loppers and bowsaws.

Habitat improvement through construction and installation of nest boxes, brash hedging, coppicing.

Site maintenance, helping us to keep Minsmere looking great for our visitors.

Bird, butterfly, plant or fungi surveys – improve your identification skills and help us record the amazing wildlife found on the reserve.

You will be shown what to do and given a chance to discuss why we are doing what we are doing and learn about the science and theory behind conservation management.

Do I need to stay with my children?

No, but we do need at least one parent per 10 children to stay with the group.

Can I book an under 11 onto one of your sessions?

Sadly not, the sessions are designed for 11 year olds upwards. We may be using hand tools and carrying out activities that are not suitable for younger children, we are happy for younger siblings to be on site during the session (see below). If your child is under 5 why not book onto our Minsmere Reedlings sessions, specially designed for under 5s, 10am – 12:00 or if they are aged 5-11 the afternoon session 1:30 – 3:30pm for younger home educated children on 2nd Monday of the month.

Can I bring a sibling that is under 5?

Under 11s won’t be able to take part in the activities, if you are bringing an under 11 with you please liaise with other parents also attending to make sure that they can supervise your child(ren) who are taking part in the session. During the session you are welcome to explore the reserve or pop to the café for tea and cake provided that we have sufficient parents supervising (1 adult to 10 children).

Can I bring along a sibling over 16?

There is a risk that older children can dominate the sessions for younger children, if you could let them know that they need to let their little brother or sister take the lead then that should be fine. If you have any doubts then please discuss this with our Learning Officer Chris christopher.ford@rspb.org.uk . Be aware that the RSPB team member might ask older participants to take a back seat if required.

Where do we meet?

Sessions run from the Discovery Centre, if you are not sure where this is please arrive 10-15 minutes early and check in at Reception. The team there will be able to direct you to join us.

What equipment/clothing do I need to bring?

Suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, waterproof jackets and trousers if it’s wet, suncream and sunhats if it’s hot. Remember it is often a bit colder and windier on the coast so what might be T-shirt weather at home could be jumper and jacket weather here. You don’t need to bring any specialist equipment (see below). During the summer long sleeves are a good idea due to biting insects.

Can I bring my own pond net/binoculars/saw/space/loppers etc etc.?

There’s no need, we have a good stock of equipment for you to use during the activities. If your child would prefer to use their own binoculars then that’s fine but we can’t allow use of pond nets from other locations as this might spread pests and diseases between water courses. We can’t allow the use of hand tools from home as we don’t know about their safety or suitability. We can’t be held responsible for any loss or damage of equipment brought from home.

Will you feed our children?

Sorry no, please bring any snacks you think your child might need for the session and some sanitiser gel/spray etc to ensure they’re clean enough to eat them. The café does a great selection of food so you could always pop in before or after the session.

Will you water our children?

It’s best that they bring their own water bottle but we can refill if required and have some cups for them to drink out of should you forget. However, we might not be that close to the Discovery Centre during the session.

My child is very shy/quiet/nervous/loud/excitable, my child requires additional support will they be OK?

That is difficult for us to answer in an FAQ. All team members are trained to try and ensure that all activities are accessible for the widest possible range of requirements and often children that struggle in one situation flourish in the natural surroundings of our reserve. If you have any specific concerns please feel free to get in touch with Chris our Learning Officer, his email is christopher.ford@rspb.org.uk

My child has mobility issues, can they take part?

That is difficult for us to answer in an FAQ but we can usually accommodate most issues particularly if we know in advance. The terrain around the reserve is, in places, stony, rooty, sandy, muddy, covered in leaves, full of rabbit holes, wet, dry and everything in between. It’s generally not a problem to adjust a session but we would need to know in advance so that we can plan effectively. If you have any specific concerns please feel free to get in touch with Chris our Learning Officer, his email is christopher.ford@rspb.org.uk

Are there toilets?

Yes, at the Discovery Centre. We might however be spending the majority of the session out on the reserve far from toilets.

What's the refund policy?

Customers can cancel up to a week in advance by contacting the site team and a full refund will be issued. Less than 24 hours before the event a 50% refund will be given.

Events will go ahead if it is raining, however, RSPB reserve the right to cancel in severe weather conditions or insufficient bookings and will offer a full refund to customers if the event does not go ahead.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, simply turn up to the Discovery Centre and we will tick you off the list.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

You can transfer your booking to another home educators session up to 24 hours before the event.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, just let us know which child(ren) you have booked for.

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RSPB Minsmere nature reserve



IP17 3BY

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 1 day before event

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