The National Botanic Garden of Wales & The British Bird of Prey Centre
The Garden is a great place to come and learn. Our varied learning opportunities focus on connecting people with the natural environment and learning for sustainability both of which are explicitly linked.
A school visit to us includes entry into The National Botanic Garden of Wales & The British Bird of Prey Centre
- All school groups are given an introductory talk on arrival from one of our experienced members of staff. This talk will be tailored to suit the age of pupils in your group and will give an overview of the work we do and the birds that we have in our care.
- Ample free coach parking with easy set down and pickup
- Free recce for school group leader in advance
- Free driver admission
- Fully accessible buildings and grounds
- A chance to team with the National Botanic Gardens school programme to cover more key stage topics in one visit, please enquire for details and prices
We have a full daily timetable of activities that your school group can take part in, including watching our amazing flying demonstrations. On top of these activities, we offer a range of workshops that have been designed to give a more hands-on approach to learning.
All of our activities are listed below and are based on class size groups of between 12 and 30 pupils, but some can be adapted for larger groups or the itinerary arranged to run smaller sessions throughout a visit.
Garden only visit
Full access to The National Botanic Garden of Wales allowing you to plan your own day and teaching sessions
Garden and The British Bird of Prey Centre
Full access to The National Botanic Garden of Wales and The British Bird of Prey Centre all day, including the 3 flying displays
Garden, The British Bird of Prey Centre & 1 hour teaching session
Full access to The National Botanic Garden of Wales and The British Bird of Prey Centre all day, including the 3 flying displays and a teaching session of your choice by either the Garden teaching team or the Bird of Prey experts
Prices are subject to VAT
Watch how a variety of birds of prey use their different styles of flight to gain an advantage over their prey. Work out what styles of flight work best for which species and why. Study wing shapes and styles and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Objectives: Investigate how nature uses different styles of flight to survive. Observe, identify and record a variety of flight styles. Learn how the human word has adapted our own inventions using techniques from birds.
It's survival of the fittest. Learn about the different designs and skills each species has to make them the ultimate predator.
Objectives: Recognise that birds have different adaptations which help with their survival in the wild. You will watch the different species fly and work out what it is about each design that has helped them adapt to thrive in the wild.
Owl Pellet Investigation
This interactive session brings the classroom to life! Using the specially designed Aqua Lab, our falconers & teachers will assist students to dissect an owl pellet to see what our owls have been eating and understand how their digestive system works. There will also be the opportunity to meet an owl for a truly up close experience.
Learning outcomes: Understand the digestive process, identify the nutritional needs of an owl, discuss the diets and habits of wild bird of prey.
After watching our native birds show off their flying skills in our displays why not get up close with a Red Kite meet and greet or even our White-tailed Sea Eagle! During these teaching sessions we will take a look at the different species across Wales and the UK to learn about their conservation status and how we can ensure these beautiful birds thrive in the wild.
Learning outcomes: Discover the importance of nature. Identify native species that are endangered, what this means and the causes. Recognise how we can have both a positive/negative influence of wildlife. Learn how we can help on a personal level and through the wider community.
During this session we will learn about owls and their super powers; including eye colour, hearing and silent flight. There will also be the chance for everyone to meet and hold an owl!
Learning Outcomes: Identify what senses owls use to successfully hunt at night and what special adaptations they have to help them.
No matter what age group, being creative and writing about a topic that inspires you will help you to learn.
Objectives: Use your experience at The British Bird of Prey Centre to compose a poem or piece of creative writing using descriptive words, feelings, emotions and facts learned during your visit.
Art & Photography Workshops
Inspire artistic imagination and creativity with the challenge of drawing a real, live bird of prey. All of our birds are on display in free flight enclosures that you can get super close to.
Objectives: Produce creative work through drawing, painting or photography. Develop basic artistic techniques and use creative flair to interpret the visual experience. Recognise patterns and colours used in the natural world aiding camouflage.
Maybe you are looking into a specific creative writing project or a poem about wildlife and want your class to experience the reality. We can tailor sessions to suit.
Objectives: Whatever you want!
The British Bird Of Prey Centre
SUPPORT US THOUGH COVID-19
We have been closed since the end of March due to COVID-19. This is a very difficult time for us all. Although we will be reopening on 6th July we have lost most of the season and our visitor income from this period usually sees us through the winter. If you would like to support our Centre please make a donation here.