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Outreach Education Visits

If you’re planning a visit to the Hawk Conservancy Trust, we also offer a range of outreach education visits that have been designed to perfectly complement our on-site education activities. Teachers can maximise the learning experience and create an exciting package of education sessions for their learners that transports them into the natural world.

The objective of our outreach visits is to provide structured, educational sessions tailored specifically to target your learners’ interests and cover relevant topics with links to the National Curriculum. We will liaise directly with teachers to plan the outreach visit or education package to make sure all the relevant topics and needs of your group are covered.

Presentations

A standard visit lasts for one hour and includes a talk with a slideshow presentation supported with visual items (such as feathers, replica skeletons or traditional falconry equipment) for students to look at and touch.

After the presentation and discussion, students will have the opportunity to meet a bird of prey and ask any questions (the species and number of birds depends on the topic and structure of the session).

Nocturnal

This presentation looks at the key features of owls and encourages discussion about their senses, how and what they hunt, their flight style and the words used to describe an owl’s behaviour and when different species are active.

We also look at three different species of British owl, learning about where these owls live and ways they might be identified in the wild. Pupils will meet one of the three British owl species talked about in the presentation.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS1 – KS3

Habitats and Adaptations

Birds of prey have many adaptations that have evolved over time and these adaptations aid their survival. From their senses to their style of flight, we’ll discuss the way they use individual adaptations.

Pupils will compare owls to other species of bird of prey and identify the different adaptations they have and why they think they need these adaptations. They’ll get to meet two different species of bird of prey and compare them.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS2 – KS4

Predator Food Chains

We investigate what a makes a good habitat and how the requirements are different from one species to another. Pupils will think about what different birds of prey eat and consider what effect this has on them when they choose a territory. We investigate different diets of birds of prey and build food chains or webs labelling producers and consumers as well as identifying carnivores, herbivores etc.

Pupils will also meet a British falcon or an owl.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS2 – KS3

Vultures and Conservation

Pupils will learn about what it means to be listed as an endangered species and we’ll encourage debate on how pupils feel about vultures. We will also share an insight into the work we do with our International Vulture Programme and discuss why vultures are so important in the natural world.

Pupils will meet a vulture and we’ll discuss the range of species of vulture that we work with in the wild and the problems they face.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS2 – KS4

British Raptors and Conservation

Conservation starts at home and this presentation looks at some of the wonderful native birds of prey we have around us.

Pupils will meet a Common Kestrel and we’ll discuss what’s being done to help birds of prey in the UK and what their biggest threats are. We aim to inspire pupils to be interested in and support their local wildlife and we’ll share with them things they can do to support nature.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS2 – KS4

History of Falconry

We’ll journey into the fascinating, 3000 year old history of falconry. This early way of providing food for the table held a high place in society including the royal houses and estates of the world who called it ‘the sport of kings’.

Pupils will discover links to falconry in English literature and phrases used in our English language today inspired by age old practices and terms used by falconers. They’ll see how falconry is practised today and how it has evolved over time. We’ll study the equipment used in falconry and meet the ‘Prince’s bird’ – the Peregrine Falcon.

Key subject: History

Adaptable for: KS3 – KS4

Workshops

A standard workshop lasts around 1-1.5 hours, depending on level.

Owl Pellet Investigation

In this fascinating visit, pupils will find out about the hunting behaviour of owls.

Pupils will get to meet a British owl and we’ll discuss how the owl’s digestive system gets to work once it has caught and eaten its prey. In groups, pupils will analyse the contents of a pellet and investigate everything from the shape and texture of the pellet itself, to breaking it open and using a magnifying glass to identify the tiny individual bones. This will lead them to determine the species of prey the skeleton belongs to. Pupils will also develop an understanding of the digestive process and analyse findings to answer questions about wild predators, their diet and their prey.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS2 – KS4

Life in Words

This is a great opportunity to inspire creative writing and thinking.

Before pupils meet the two species of bird of prey brought along for this workshop, there will be a discussion which encourages pupils to list descriptive words, thoughts and feelings that come to mind when they are asked to think about a particular species.

Following this, they’ll meet the species discussed and learn more about the birds while getting to see them at close quarters. We’ll then repeat the exercise to see what’s changed and what new words and feelings emerge after their encounter with the birds.

Key subject: English

Adaptable for: KS1 – KS2

Art Workshop

Our creative workshops provide art teachers with an opportunity to bring a live bird of prey model in for an art class with a difference.

All of the birds we bring along are ideal models for this budding artists. Pupils are able to study the birds in close detail and translate what they see into their chosen medium. They’ll learn where the bird comes from, its habitat and any features or adaptations which help with its survival. We will also bring along a variety of other resources (such as feathers) to help our artists with textures, patterns and colours of the bird’s plumage.

Key subject: Art

Adaptable for: KS2 – KS4

Useful Information about our Outreach Education Visits

Prices for an Outreach Education Visit

Standard one hour visit (up to 50 children) £75
Additional time (per hour) £60
Additional children (each) £1.50
Travel (per mile for return trip) £0.40


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