New facilities at Avalon Marshes for schools

Date Posted: 11/09/2015

New facilities at Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath nature reserves in Somerset have been installed to improve the experience for schools visiting the Avalon Marshes as part of a curriculum focused trip.

The nature reserves are found just two miles west of Glastonbury. At Ham Wall a new hide in the middle of the lakes has been built so students can see the wildlife and plants close up, as well as a mini-marshes discovery zone.

At Shapwick Heath there is now a new discovery trail for schools and improved woodland habitats.

Schools can undertake a range of hands-on activities at both nature reserves. Visits focus particularly on the Science, Geography and History curriculums, as part of the Avalon Marshes School on Reserves scheme.

The education programme, which has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and is suitable for Early Years through to Key Stage 5, has been designed by the RSPB and Natural England.

Lesson plans for the visit itself, as well as pre and post session suggestions, are available online on the RSPB website [LINK].

For more information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide