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Spring at WWT London Wetland Centre

Written by: Elmtree Press

Spring is a busy time at WWT London Wetland Centre and one of the best times of year to get out of the classroom and closer to nature. Our lakes and wetlands are teeming with ducks spending the winter here in the centre of London, before leaving us in March for their breeding grounds. We offer a session called, “Which birds live in a wetland?” where pupils get a chance to learn how to use binoculars to spot birds on our main lake, all from the comfort of our child-friendly Discovery Hide. Linking to classification and habitats, this session is an excellent opportunity to get pupils working scientifically in an engaging environment.

We also have a collection of birds from around the world, many of which are endangered, all living in naturalistic enclosures on our grounds. Our brand-new “What can we do to help protect wildlife?” uses both information technology and real birds to allow upper KS2 and KS3 pupils to make observations and experience real scientific methods used by WWT scientists. After the session you’ll upload data to a purpose-built website and compare findings with other data, bringing in numeracy and ICT elements to the session.

After half-term, as the ponds start to warm up, we offer our popular “How do animals live in a pond?” sessions. Suitable for all ages from KS1 to KS3, pupils use nets to catch freshwater animals and then investigate their findings, linking to adaptation, habitats, microhabitats, classification and interdependence. We also offer a shorter version for Early Years groups. We’re also working hard this year to improve our facilities for schools, so new for 2016 we have two specially built canopies in our grounds to provide extra covered picnic areas. Please note that the second half of Spring term is one of our busiest periods for school trips, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To book a visit, or to find out more, contact us today at education.london@wwt.org.uk, or 020 8409 4419. If your school has 20% or more pupils, eligible for free school meals due to qualifying benefits, you may qualify for a free visit, subject to availability.

To visit the WWT London Wetland Centre main page click here