Closer to nature in our woodlands

Closer to nature is a unique opportunity for young people to learn natural history skills at Bradfield Woods, Combs Wood and our south Suffolk woodlands at Arger Fen & Spouses Vale.

Nowhere in the world has such a strong tradition of 'citizen science' as Britain.  This tradition of amateur naturalists has added hugely to our knowledge and understanding of Suffolk's natural heritage and has directed the Trust's conservation efforts to safeguard sites and species.  

Thanks to the generosity of local benefactors we are now able to offer young people the chance to gain an insight into the skills and science of natural history, by exploring some of the county's finest woodlands with a skilled education naturalist.

KS2, KS3 and KS4 groups can book 3 or 4 free sessions over the course of an academic year at any of our woodland nature reserves.

See an example KS2 session

Students will be working and thinking scientifically, developing survey and sampling techniques, identifying and classifying, and extending their natural history knowledge. All the sessions will cover aspects of the science national curriculum and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Over the course of the year we will cover plants and trees, invertebrates, mammals and birds, woodland habitats and ecology, evolution and adaptation, phenology and conservation.

Alongside the school sessions, there are out-of-school opportunities for young people to further their skills with expert-led natural history courses for 11-16 year olds.

If you would like to find out more please contact Joanne Atkins, Woodland Education Ranger on 01449 737996 or email: