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    Nature Reserves - the Natural Choice for School Trips

    I've recently being doing some work for nature reserves in the South West and have been really impressed by what they have to offer schools.

    As a teacher I never really considered a nature reserve as a potential school visit destination and I think they are probably overlooked by many schools, especially those that don't have nature reserves nearby. Yet their learning offers are almost always curriculum and/or topic linked and they cater for all age groups including GCSE and 16+. They offer fantastic outdoor learning opportunities and really enable pupils to learn more about the natural environment. 

    Nature reserves that I can highly recommend are Stour Valley in Bournemouth, Dawlish Warren, Seaton Wetlands, Durlston and Dorset Wildlife Trust's reserve on Brownsea Island but there are loads more to choose from. They welcome school parties and some even offer free school visits. 

    If you would like to list your nature reserve on School Visits Network, please click here.

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