Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The Heath, St Ives Road, Woodhurst, Cambridgeshire PE28 3BT

Contact: 01487 741140

Website: http://www.raptorfoundation.org.uk/

Description

The Raptor Foundation is a Bird of Prey conservation and education center with 25 years of experience. The center is open to the public and offers a unique and exciting place to meet and learn more about owls, hawks, eagles and falcons. In an effort to continue to attract visitors we are constantly developing the site and have just opened a Reptile and Meerkat exhibit. We offer educational opportunities to school, nurseries, beaver, WI, photography groups and many more groups that have an interest in Birds of Prey.

With just under 200 birds of prey covering a wide range from across the globe, as well as including many native British Species of raptors, some of which are threatened, you will get the chance to get up close to a bird on one of our keeper talks, experience them flying close over your heads on any of our 3 daily flying display. Each display will have different species of birds being flown. This is where you will appreciate how different birds find and pursue their prey as well as the speed and strength of them in flight.

Our Reptile House which houses around 20 different species, will give you the chance to see all different sizes of invertebrates, snakes, spiders, gecko’s, stick insects, whipped scorpion and a bearded dragon. Learn from our talk given by the keeper which ones are endangered, how they catch the food and what food they eat themselves. Our Meerkats will entertain you by posing for the cameras and digging in the sand to find any leftover food. Listen to a talk about them and who’s in charge of the troop and what role each plays within the group.

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?
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Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?
https://twitter.com/raptorcambs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Raptor-Foundation/124478150938565?ref=hl

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
It’s a great place to visit as you can get up close to the birds, handle them during flying displays and take photos. As we have such a variety of animals we can tailor our talks not only to the birds but include the Reptiles and Meerkats.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Yes.

What does a typical educational visit include?
We can offer unique opportunities to learn outside the classroom, where our learning sessions are linked to the National Curriculum and are suitable for all ages and abilities. These sessions are interactive for all using live animals and bio facts. You can choose from sessions made for foundation, key stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and post 16 or schools can contact the centre and we can tailor your visit to make it extra special.

The birds can be a focus for Art, Geography or History projects

In Literacy the bird can be a major inspiration for creative writing, explanation and instructional writing.

An example of the session:

KEY STAGE.

TOPIC.

FOUNDATION

-         ADAPTATIONS find out how different animals move to find food. Find out how snakes slither, millipedes walk and birds fly.

-         FOOD CHAINS & HABITATS find out what they eat, how they eat it and what happens after they eat it. This session will look at a variety of animal and their food including owl pellet dissection.

KEY STAGE 1

-         SENSES this session aims to look at how humans and animals use their senses to explore our world.

-         LIFECYCLES during this session we will explore different animal’s growth, development and producing off spring by using artefacts such as eggs and skins.

-         ADAPTATIONS find out how different animals move to find food. Find out how snakes slither, millipedes walk and birds fly.

-         FOOD CHAINS & HABITATS find out what they eat, how they eat it and what happens after they eat it. This session will look at a variety of animal and their food including owl pellet dissection.

KEY STAGE 2

-         ADAPTATIONS find out how different animals cope in different environments and defend themselves from predators’.

-         SENSES this session aims to look at how humans and animals use their senses to explore our world.

-         LIFECYCLES during this session we will explore different animal’s growth, development and producing off spring by using artefacts such as eggs and skins.

KEY STAGE 3

-         ADAPTATIONS find out how different animals cope in different environments and defend themselves from predators.

-         SENSES this session aims to look at how humans and animals use their senses to explore our world.

-         LIFECYCLES during this session we will explore different animal’s growth, development and producing off spring by using artefacts such as eggs and skins.

What group sizes do you cater for?
At the center we can cater for up to 100 children, groups of this size are normally split into smaller groups of around 30. Each group would rotate around the different activities.

At school we cater for individual classes on a set itinerary.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We provide a teacher pack that can help the teacher prep the children prior to their visit or after we have left the school. Information contained would be about native species, word searches, crosswords, as well as useful information about how to make a nest box and where to position it.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
There are no restrictions on photos being taken so long as they are only for personnel use and not commercial gain.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Risk assessments are available upon request, but we do encourage teachers and group leaders to visit the center free of charge to carry out their own risk assessments and find out where toilets etc. are located.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Contact people are: Mrs Liz Blows or Mrs Terri Page both can give you help and advice on how to create a great experience for your group. Both can be contacted on 01487 741140 or email: info@raptorfoundatin.org.uk

What is the cost of the visit?
The cost of the visit is £4.75 per child, with 1 adult going free with every 7 children.

Visits to schools price on application.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Dress according to the weather. The site has blocked pathed paths.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All staff are fully trained in First aid.

Please list facilities available.
Our shop Mad about Owls sells items from 40p up to £30.00. There is a range of ideal pocket money gifts, ideally £5.00 would suffice. There is ample space outside to eat a picnic lunch or if the weather is inclement we do have an indoor space. Our restaurant sells a range of food starting from 60p.

What are your disabled facilities?
Yes the venue is completely accessible for those with walking difficulties or in a wheelchair. There is also a disabled toilet.

What are your opening days and hours?
Our normal opening hours are from 10-5 pm summer time and winter 10-4pm.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
It is an amazing place and you cannot see the park until you walk through the Gift shop and the Meerkats are the first to greet you. Then through an arch, where some birds are set out on lawns for closer viewing. Your eye is then drawn to the various sized aviaries where other birds are housed. A quiz will take you around the park where you have to find the answers on the animal display boards.

There is ample parking for cars and reserved parking for coaches.


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Bird of Prey Centre Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Geography Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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