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 c...
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?
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?
Explore wetland birds and biodiversity first-hand. Use our binoculars to compare the birds you find, study what they're eating, how they move and the habitat in which you found them. What differences will you identify in the birds and why?
Handle wings and feathers and observe birds in flight, from fast flapping ducks to gliding gulls. Compare flight patterns and explore how bird bones, shape and size make a difference. Which adaptations will you spot and what affect do they have?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
See life inside an egg and explore wetland habitats to find ducklings, cygnets and goslings. Consider where you found them, observe what they do and describe their physical characteristics. What will you spot that's key to their growth and survival?
From weather and poaching to changes in land use, learners will explore and discuss the challenges migratory birds face. They will discover the action WWT is taking, including the protection we offer birds at our wetland nature reserves as well as having ...
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?
Identify sources of food in wetlands, construct food chains and observe feeding adaptations from ducks up-ending for plants to waders probing mud for invertebrates. As seasons change how does this affect the food available and how do birds adapt?
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?
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?
Discover wetland microhabitats and identify the invertebrates you find there. Investigate their environment, what they do and study their size, shape and movement. How do they compare and what makes them different to vertebrates?
Meet our cheeky otters. Use first-hand observations to work out what they need from wetlands and spot how they're perfectly adapted to their environment. What physical characteristics do you think you'll see and why?
Explore wetland habitats to find plants living under water with floating leaves to plants with floating seeds. Identify and group your findings, investigate their needs and look for adaptations. What will you spot that helps each plant to survive?
Take on the role of a WWT scientist and launch your own bird spotting enquiry. Choose your kit, plan how to record your findings and work scientifically observing and identifying birds in wetlands. Which birds do you think you'll spot and why?