We welcome youth groups such as Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs, Brownies, Girls’ Brigade, Boys’ Brigade, and other groups for a session at the Ponds. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a visit for your group. As these sessions are led by volunteers, we usually organise the session to take place during one of the monthly practical sessions but other times can be arranged subject to the availability of volunteers. Please refer to ‘News and Dates’ for the full list of practical sessions.
Groups usually meet in the Meteor Way Long Stay car park and then walk down the footpath towards the viaduct, and are met at the end of the path. There are usually two or three people leading the session.
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We start by talking about what is a Nature Reserve, and then do a walk through the reserve talking about the wildlife and what’s there, and about the different jobs we do as a volunteer group.
Then we generally split into two groups, half do pond dipping and the other half generally do a Quiz, Scavenger Hunt or another activity, and we swop over half way through.
If you would like to use the visit for badge work, if you let us know which badge and we can try and include some work for this during the visit. We built the Activity Trail and have a Challenge sheet which links the wildlife on the reserve to the pieces of equipment, this is a very popular activity. Other activities which focus on the trees and plants of the site are available and related to the season.
We ask for a donation of £1 per child for the visit which assists with the costs of replacing equipment. Please bring cash or a cheque on the night, and we can give you a receipt.
If you wanted to bring drinks for the half way point that’s fine. You can download the Risk Assessment which includes the Activity Trail.
If you would like to come along and visit the site, we are there on the 3rd Saturday of each month working on the Nature Reserve from 1.30 – 3.30pm. We can show you around the site and discuss your visit.