During your visit

As well as taking part in a guided session (where available) there will be plenty of time for your group to explore the Centre. In order to make best use of this time, we have developed a range of self-guided resources which you can use to help extend your group’s learning. These resources can easily be adapted to suit a range of ages and abilities. There are also a whole host of added extras available at each Centre to help you to make the most of your visit.

Self-guided resources


Spotter guide

Unsure what the birds are around your feet? This guide will help you to identify the six most common water birds. It includes photographs, footprints and fascinating facts for each species.

Time: 5 to 20mins

Life-size swan

Have you wondered what it is like to hold a swan? With this resource, you will have the chance to hold, closely observe, measure and weigh a life-size fabric swan while watching real swans nearby. Great for developing measurement skills.

Time: 10 to 30mins

Life-size swan

Activity dice

Can you waddle like a duck? Share moments of creativity by throwing one dice to reveal an animal behaviour to observe, followed by a second dice suggesting how to show others your chosen behaviour, for example, through mime, acting or dance.

Time: 10 to 30mins

Species boards

Do you want to know more about some of the birds and mammals around you? Each board shows and describes the males, females and young of different species. They also provide the adult with curious questions and answers to probe and develop learner’s understanding. The boards are cross curricula and include links to literacy and maths.

Time: 5 to 30mins

Species boards
Explore cards

Explore cards

In this fun, interactive game learners are challenged to look for items described by two words e.g. ‘smooth’ and ‘wriggling’. Great for extending descriptive vocabulary and encouraging learners to slow down and observe the world around them.

Time: 5mins and upwards

Create your own wetland bird

A fun yet educational activity that challenges learners to design their own wetland bird taking into consideration how its wings, beak and feet will help it to survive in its chosen habitat. There are three differentiated versions available.


Added extras

Each centre has a range of ‘added extras’ that can be booked to make your visit even more enjoyable.

Please select your centre to see what extras are available during your visit.