Our Sessions

Our Sessions

Informative and engaging, our curriculum-linked learning sessions make the most of the fantastic outdoor environments at our centres and are suitable for a range of ages and abilities. Led by experienced staff, sessions are very much hands-on, promoting learning through exploration and discovery.

We also offer a wide range of self-guided learning opportunities with all resources provided in order to help you make the most of your day.

For Further and Higher Education groups we are usually able to put together a programme to meet your specific needs. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

What lives in a pond?

Dip with nets in our wildlife ponds to find freshwater invertebrates. Explore and identify the animals you catch using magnifying glasses and ID keys. How will you describe your animals and how do they compare?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs

What lives in a pond?

Dip into our raised ponds and discover the wide variety of animals who call this habitat home. Closely observe how the creatures are adapted to underwater life and identify them using our ID guides. Watch them live and magnified using our underwater camera.

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

How do animals live in a pond?

Catch freshwater animals and explore their adaptations, body parts and behaviour. Use your observations to group animals and make predictions. What do you think your animals do in the pond and what do they need to survive?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Food Chains and Webs Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

How do animals live in a pond?

Use nets to discover the wide variety of freshwater animals living in our purpose-built raised ponds. Observe, identify and compare the creatures using magnifying glasses and ID guides. How is each animal adapted to life in a pond and how do they interact with each other? We’ll show a selection under our powerful microscope for a really close look!

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Food Chains and Webs Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

How do animals live in a pond?

Catch freshwater animals and explore their adaptations, body parts and behaviour. Use your observations to identify animals using ID keys and learn about how they live in their habitat. What do you think your animals do in the pond and what do they need to survive?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Food Chains and Webs Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

How do animals live in a pond?

Catch freshwater animals and explore their adaptations, body parts and behaviour. Use your observations to group animals and make predictions. What do you think your animals do in the pond and what do they need to survive? Note: This session can be adapted to focus on food chains or life cycles if required.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

What happens to my water?

Make a cloud in a bottle to start off the water cycle and then model evaporating, condensing and falling into the stream then back to the sea. Water pollution becomes a problem but we end the game with positive solutions from the children. A practical investigation into what happens to water when it falls on different surfaces allows the children to test their predictions. Finally we see the difference between Greenville with its rich habitats and Greytown, when it rains on the nearby mountainside.

Suitable age:

Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change

Seasonal Santa Session - What & how do birds eat?

A unique and unforgettable learning experience for you and your pupils, packed full of festive cheer. Book our all new 1 hour long seasonal session perfect for EYFS and KS1. This session combines discovering how and what birds eat with time spent hand feeding ducks and geese with Santa! Plus our elves help your students make pinecone bird feeders to take home. Ask about pre-ordering gifts from our WWT gift shop for Santa to hand out to each student (at an additional cost). £5.75 per student, includes all day admission, Santa session & pine cone feeder craft!

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

Seasonal Santa Session - How do birds live in Wetlands in winter?

Our popular Christmas session ‘How do birds live in Wetlands in winter?’ is back this December! Suitable for Foundation Phase, the session includes a seasonal story, hand-feeding the birds with Santa, a Christmas craft to make and take home and a guided walk to see our beautiful snow geese.

Suitable age:

Foundation Phase

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

Seasonal Santa Session - How do we look after birds in the winter?

Join us for festive fun at London Wetland Centre. Learn how to take care of the wildlife around you in our ‘How do we look after birds in the winter?’ session. Featuring Father Christmas, this is the perfect end of term treat!

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Food Chains and Webs Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

Christmas session – Do like Duck Does

Join our Elf for a unique and unforgettable learning experience for you and your youngsters, packed full of festive cheer. Book our all new 1 hour long seasonal session perfect for EYFS and KS1. This session combines an interactive look at the day in the life of a duck and involves lots of movement, dance, singing and storytelling. Participants will finish off by making a bird-themed craft to take home with them plus our elves hand out a storybook for each child. £6 per child, includes all day admission, session & storybook!

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

What lives in a pond?

Dip with nets in our wildlife ponds to find freshwater invertebrates. Explore and identify the animals you catch. How will you describe your animals and how do they compare?

Suitable age:

Early years

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs

What lives in a pond?

Dip with nets in our wildlife ponds to find freshwater invertebrates. Explore and identify the animals you catch using magnifying glasses and ID keys. How will you describe your animals and how do they compare?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs

What lives in a pond?

Dip with nets in our wildlife ponds to find freshwater invertebrates. Explore and identify the animals you catch using magnifying glasses and ID keys. How will you describe your animals and how do they compare?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

What lives in a pond?

Dip into our raised ponds and discover the wide variety of animals who call this habitat home. Closely observe how the creatures are adapted to underwater life and identify them using our ID guides. We’ll show a selection under our powerful microscope for a really close look!

Suitable age:

Foundation Phase

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

How do birds live in a wetland?

Observe ducks, geese and swans to study their behaviour and identify how they're perfectly adapted to their environment. Investigate adaptations from webbed feet to oiled feathers. Which features will you spot and what difference do they make?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

How do mammals live in a wetland?

We meet the furry snorkel-mouse with its five amazing adaptations for living in sewers! We visit the otters to make observations of their structure, behaviour and habitat. We play Bat and Moth to experience another amazing survival method. The final challenge is to create a new creature, with five adaptations, from our boxes of theatrical props.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

What affects a pond?

Investigate environmental change and human impact in freshwater habitats. Work scientifically to catch and identify animals, make observations and record your findings. What will the animals you catch tell you about the health of the pond?

Suitable age:

Further / higher education Key stage 3 Key stage 4

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

How and why do birds migrate?

Meet migratory birds, identify what they need to survive and what it takes to meet these needs as habitats change seasonally. Explore distances birds travel, how they navigate and what influences their journey. Where are they going and why?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Ecosystems and Environmental Change Flight and Migration Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

What do birds eat and how?

A simple outdoor game reminds us that different animals eat different things. We then set off into the waterfowl gardens to discover birds which get their food by dabbling, grazing or diving. What do they eat and how are they adapted to find it? For older children, a further game links the food with the birds’ habitat.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What lives in a wetland?

Explore wetland habitats and microhabitats using all your senses. Identify, name and group the plants and animals you find. How do they compare to one another and what do they all need to survive in a wetland?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

What lives in this habitat?

Investigate habitats including woodlands and meadows. Search for, identify and group the plants and creatures you find and marvel at their adaptations. How are they suited to their environment and could they survive in a wetland habitat?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

Which invertebrates live in a wetland?

Discover wetland microhabitats and identify the invertebrates that live there. Compare and contrast aquatic and terrestrial environments and how the minibeasts are adapted. Study their size, shape and movement; what special features make them really good at living where they do?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

Which invertebrates live in a wetland?

Discover wetland microhabitats and identify the invertebrates you find there. Observe and investigate their behaviours and adaptations. How do they compare and how is each designed for its particular wetland home?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

Which invertebrates live in a wetland?

Discover wetland microhabitats on land and identify the invertebrates you find there. Find your own invertebrates, and investigate their key features and what they do. How do they compare and what makes them different to vertebrates?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

What are the differences between birds?

Get nose to beak with birds and observe the differences and similarities amongst them. Investigate what makes birds unique and what adaptations have allowed them to be so diverse and yet well adapted to life as a water bird.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Flight and Migration Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

How do birds live in a wetland?

Observe ducks, geese and swans to study their behaviour and identify how they're perfectly adapted to their environment. Investigate adaptations from webbed feet to oiled feathers. Which features will you spot and what difference do they make?

Suitable age:

Foundation Phase Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

How do mammals live in a wetland?

Use first-hand observations to work out what mammals need from wetlands and spot how they're perfectly adapted to their environment. What physical characteristics do you think you'll see and why? Includes a bespoke otter feed from one of our team.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

How do mammals live in a wetland?

Meet our cheeky otter family and watch them feed and frolic. Spot how they are perfectly adapted to their wetland habitat. Learn what they need and how they differ to birds and humans.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

What do birds eat and how?

Take on the feeding adaptation challenge. Feed and observe our collection birds to discover the five different methods they use to get their food. Then visit our bird hides to observe wild birds as they feed, identifying what they are feeding on.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What do eggs and young birds need?

Explore what happens inside a swan’s egg, with the children’s participation, in our mini outdoor theatre. Will the parents look after their nest and keep the fox away? What do they do when the cygnets hatch? So much for a young swan to learn!

Suitable age:

Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

Which plants live in wetlands?

Explore wetland habitats to find the plants living there. Learn how to identify and group plants based on their leaf shapes or seeds. What will you spot that helps identify each plant?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Living Things and Habitats Plants

What lives in a pond?

Dip with nets in our wildlife ponds to find freshwater invertebrates. Explore and identify the animals you have caught using ID charts. How do your animals move? Are they herbivore, carnivore or omnivore? (Y1). Are they in a food chain? (Y2).

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs

How and why do birds migrate?

Meet migratory birds, identify what they need to survive and what it takes to meet these needs as habitats change seasonally. Explore distances birds travel, how they navigate and what influences their journey. Where are they going and why?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Ecosystems and Environmental Change Flight and Migration Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

How and why do we monitor birds?

Children are given the opportunity to examine species and to monitor birds closely to understand how and why conservationists monitor wildlife. They are encouraged to think about how monitoring wildlife tells us about their habitats and what it takes to conserve species

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

What are the differences between birds and me?

Get nose to beak with birds to spot the differences between birds and humans. Discuss what we all need to survive, investigate bird adaptations and observe how birds behave. What similarities and differences will you find?

Suitable age:

Foundation Phase

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What are the differences between birds and me?

Get nose to beak with birds to spot the differences between birds and humans. Explore what we all need to survive, compare body parts and observe how birds behave. What will you see them doing and what do we do that's similar and why?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What are the differences between birds and me?

Get nose to beak with birds to spot the differences between birds and us. What similarities and differences will you find? Discuss what we all need to survive, investigate bird adaptations and observe how birds behave. How amazing are eggs and what do young birds need to thrive?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What do eggs and young birds need?

Join us and discover, through a series of games and interactive sensory challenges, the life cycle of a young duckling from the egg to hatching and beyond. Discover how they develop and how the parent birds look after them.

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

How do animals live in a pond?

Catch freshwater invertebrates and in small groups, identify them and discuss how they are adapted to life in a pond. We can vary the focus to meet your curriculum needs: Y3 – How are they adapted? Y4 – Food chains or coping with environmental change. Y5 – Life cycles. Y6 – Adaptations and evolution.

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Food Chains and Webs Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

How do birds fly?

Investigate wings, feathers, beaks, feet and bones to explore the adaptations which make birds able to fly. Observe birds up close and through binoculars. Which adaptations will you spot, and how do these help birds to survive?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Flight and Migration

How do birds live in a wetland?

Follow swans, ducks and geese to study what they get up to and identify how they're perfectly adapted to their environment. From webbed feet to oiled feathers, what features will you spot in the birds you find and what difference do they make?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

What do birds eat and how?

Wildfowl and waterfowl dabble, dive, probe and graze. How are their bills adapted to different foods and why? Observe and investigate different feeding styles how this helps them to survive.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What do birds eat and how?

Observe how different wetland species find food, from diving or dabbling ducks, to the filtering beaks of flamingos. Investigate invertebrates which live in the ponds and predict what different species eat by constructing simple food chains.

Suitable age:

Foundation Phase Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What lives in this habitat?

Investigate habitats including woodlands and meadows. Identify and group the plants and animals you find and explore their adaptations. How are they suited to their environment and could they survive in a wetland habitat?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

Which birds live in a wetland?

Launch your own bird spotting enquiry from our Discovery Hide, specially designed with children in mind. Learn how to use binoculars, record your findings and work scientifically observing and identifying birds in wetlands. Which birds do you think you'll spot and why?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

How do birds fly?

Investigate wings, feathers, beaks, feet and bones to explore the adaptations which make birds able to fly. Observe birds up close and through binoculars. Which adaptations will you spot, and how do these help birds to survive?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Flight and Migration

What affects a pond?

Investigate environmental change and human impact in freshwater habitats. Work scientifically to catch and identify animals, make observations and record your findings. What will the animals you catch tell you about the health of the pond?

Suitable age:

Key stage 3 Key stage 4

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

What happens to my water?

Experience the water cycle first-hand, investigating water as it moves through wetland habitats; slowing down and getting cleaner on its way to the river. Who and what benefits from this natural system and how might we affect it?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change

What lives in a wetland?

Using your senses, explore wetland habitats and microhabitats with a different perspective! How do these senses help you discover what actually lives here?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

What lives in this habitat?

We start by turning each child into a minibeast and playing a simple game to show how different bugs do different jobs. The children explore the woodland to discover what lives there - searching under logs requires care and patience! We identify our catch then record how their structure is useful to them.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

What needs water?

Hunt for the things that need water to survive and identify how wetland habitats meet this basic need. Investigate plants and animals that need lots of water and those that don't. If they had more or less water, what would happen?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Living Things and Habitats

Which invertebrates live in a wetland?

Discover wetland microhabitats and identify the invertebrates you find there. Observe and investigate their behaviours and adaptations. Identify the creatures you find using magnifying glasses and ID guides. How are mini- beasts designed for their particular wetland or woodland home?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

How and why do we monitor birds?

Learners will become conservation scientists, monitoring the numbers and behaviours of some of the birds at WWT Llanelli. What can monitoring wildlife tells us about wetland habitats and how to conserve species?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

How can we get close to wildlife and look after it?

Find out about WWT's work to protect wetland habitats and wildlife and experience the techniques we use to bring people and wildlife closer together. What do you think we do and how does it help our conservation work?

Suitable age:

Further / higher education Key stage 3 Key stage 4

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

How can we help migratory birds?

A chance for learners to work as conservation scientists identifying migratory birds and analysing the threats they face. From weather and poaching to changes in land use, learners can use our conservation work to explore and discuss the challenges migratory birds face and the action WWT is taking.

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Ecosystems and Environmental Change Flight and Migration Living Things and Habitats

How do animals live in this habitat?

Play the ‘bugs and their jobs’ game then catch woodland invertebrates, identify them and discuss how they are adapted to live in their habitat. Lower KS2 play the ‘Who Am I?’ game to refine ID skills. Y5 play the class game of sorting into six animals and their life cycles. Y6 develop the idea of animal adaptations leading to evolution for survival.

Suitable age:

Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Lifecycles Living Things and Habitats

What happens to my water?

Experience the water cycle first-hand, investigating water as it moves through wetland habitats; slowing down and getting cleaner on its way to the river. Who and what benefits from this natural system and how might we affect it?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change

What happens to my water?

Experience the water cycle first-hand, investigating water as it moves through wetland habitats; slowing down and getting cleaner on its way to the river. Who and what benefits from this natural system and how might we affect it?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change

What lives in a wetland?

Explore wetland habitats and microhabitats and wake up all your senses! Identify, name and group the plants and animals you find including otters and flamingos. How do they compare to one another and what do they all need to survive in a wetland?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

How can we help migratory birds?

A chance for learners to work as conservation scientists identifying migratory birds and analysing the threats they face, from weather and poaching, to changes in land use. Teams will monitor habitats and species at WWT Llanelli. What can their observations tell us about the human impact on migratory birds?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Ecosystems and Environmental Change Flight and Migration Living Things and Habitats

How do animals live in a pond?

Catch freshwater animals and explore their adaptations and behaviour, magnified with our underwater camera. Use your observations to group animals. What do you think your animals do in the pond and what do they need to survive? Who’s eating who in the food chain?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

What do birds eat and how?

Wildfowl and waterfowl dabble, dive, probe and graze. How are their bills adapted to different food stuff and why? Observe and investigate different feeding styles and how these help them to survive.

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What do eggs and young birds need?

Get hands on with different eggs and nests, and find out how birds look after their young. Build your own nest out of natural materials. What will you use?

Suitable age:

Early years

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

Which plants live in wetlands?

We start with a game of Seed Tig or, for KS2, the children sort themselves into food chains with the help of our wetland head-bands. In small groups, we use our ID charts to identify and record wetland plants and their special features. We visit a reed-bed for its unique atmosphere but also to discover that this habitat cleans and stores water and provides homes for some very special creatures.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Living Things and Habitats

How can we get close to wildlife and look after it?

With our huge world floor map and wildlife props, find out about WWT's work to protect wetland habitats and wildlife. How can we bring people and nature closer together? What do you think we do in conservation and what challenges do we face?

Suitable age:

Further / higher education Key stage 2 Key stage 3 Key stage 4

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

How can we help migratory birds?

The Icelandic whooper swans at Martin Mere have made an incredible journey. We explore their story and discover some of their amazing adaptations for survival, using giant floor maps, props and artefacts. We visit the hide to make observations of their behaviour right in front of the viewing windows. For KS2, we finish in small groups to answer the question ‘Why do they go back to Iceland when they are so well looked-after at Martin Mere?’

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Ecosystems and Environmental Change Flight and Migration Living Things and Habitats

What do birds eat and how?

Identify suitable food for ducks, and observe feeding adaptations from up-ending for plants to diving for invertebrates. Get close to our ducks as they search for food. How do they find it?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What happens to my water?

Learn about the water cycle, discover how water moves through wetland habitats and investigate the permeability of different surfaces. Use your results to debate what could be done to alleviate flooding and think about how wetlands can help.

Suitable age:

Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change

How do birds live in a wetland?

Meet swans, ducks and geese and discover how they’re adapted to their environment. From webbed feet to oiled feathers, what features will you spot in the birds you find and how do they differ from each other?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

What affects a pond?

Investigate environmental change and human impact in freshwater habitats. Work scientifically to catch and identify animals, make observations and record your findings. What will the animals you catch tell you about the health of the pond?

Suitable age:

Key stage 3 Key stage 4

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

What are the differences between birds and me?

Become a bird as it hatches and learns to walk, feed, swim and eventually, fly. Become a flamingo and learn the flamingo dance. Compare the differences with yourself on a short walk in the waterfowl gardens.

Suitable age:

Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What happens to my water?

Experience the water cycle first-hand in our Water Lab classroom. How it moves through wetland habitats on its way to the river and sea and the risks faced in urban areas. Who and what benefits from this natural system and how might we affect it?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3 Key stage 4

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change

How do birds live in a wetland?

Follow the story of Daisy Duck as she searches for the ideal nesting place. Whose advice will she follow – frog’s, otter’s or flamingo’s? She finally decides to put them all together and we go out to find her perfect nest in the waterfowl gardens.

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

Which plants live in wetlands?

Explore wetland habitats to find the plants and trees living there. Learn how to identify and group plants based on their leaf shapes or seeds. What will you spot that helps identify each plant? How do the seasons affect plant life?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Living Things and Habitats

How can we get close to wildlife and look after it?

Find out about WWT's work to protect wetland habitats and wildlife and experience the techniques we use to bring people and wildlife closer together. What do you think we do and how does it help our conservation work?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

Which minibeasts live in wetlands?

Search for minibeasts in different wetland habitats. Observe and identify the creatures you find using magnifying glasses and ID guides. How do they compare and how are they designed for their particular wetland home?

Suitable age:

Foundation Phase

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

There are currently no guided learning sessions that meet your criteria. Please try again or contact us to discuss your requirements. For Further / Higher Education groups, we are usually able to tailor a session to meet your specific needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Whilst guided learning sessions are not currently provided at Caerlaverock, we are able to offer the following range of self-guided learning sessions:

  • Lifecycles - spring and summer
  • Amphibians and Invertebrates - spring and summer
  • Living Things and Habitats - summer
  • Plants - summer
  • Ecosystems and Environmental Change - all year round
  • Birds and Mammals - all year round
  • Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance - all year round
  • Food Chains and Webs - all year round
  • Flight and Migration - all year round

You will be provided with all of the equipment required upon arrival.

Please download our Self-guided educational visits leaflet or contact us for further details.

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