Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LD

Contact: 01420 22992



Birdpark and gardens covering 26 acres. Admission includes Underwater World and Jenny Wren children’s farm.


Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Talks and flying displays very popular.. Easy place to walk around.


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Admission to Birdworld, Underwater World and Jenny Wren farm Booked talk in Discovery Theatre or group tour. Key stage based School can select the talk that is most suitable for them See below for detail of the various talks available.

Website Description of Topics

Here at Birdworld, we understand that in this day and age there is more and more pressure to make school trips educational, whilst still fulfilling the fun element for the children.  We are proud of our education programme that we feel more than covers both requirements!

With a dedicated education department, Birdworld strives to make education fun and exciting by bringing live animals into the equation!  Nothing makes children learn better about the natural environment than seeing it happening right in front of them!

Whether it’s a workshop in our Discovery Theatre or a guided tour around the park, we’re sure that our varied range of science based topics, tailored specifically to the national curriculum, will be able to satisfy teachers and children across all age groups!

• Sessions are approximately 40 minutes long
• Workshops 90 children limit
• Tours 30 children limit

You can choose from one of our more general discovery sessions (information below) or by clicking on one of the links for the key stage you require you can browse through our varied range of natural science based topics.

Discovery Session (KS1 onwards)

Tailored to the age group of the students, this is a great all-rounder and perfect for those that are looking for a fun and interesting day out with an educational twist.  During the session students will be able to get a close look at different animals and their adaptations, and be able to discuss their ability to survive the world they live in.


What is it? (20-25minutes long)

In this workshop students will be encouraged to describe very basic features of a varied group of animals.  They will be encouraged, using their senses of sight and touch, to point out the varied colours and textures in the animal kingdom.

Key Stage 1 – Yr 1-2

Spot the difference

This workshop builds on the foundation topic and students are asked to describe the differences between birds, mammals and reptiles.  Students are encouraged to begin exploring the reasons behind these differences and to begin looking at how animals can be grouped in accordance to whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.

Am I alive?

With the use of real animals and props, students will be asked to group these in accordance to whether they think they are living, dead or never been alive.  The students will be encouraged to start working scientifically and give reasons for their answers.  The students will also be encouraged to think about the basic needs for an animal’s survival and growth and will be introduced to the idea that different groups of animals have different lifecycles and growth rates.

No place like home

This workshop will introduce students to the idea of what a habitat is.  Students will get a close view of a range of different animals and will be asked to identify key features that make that animal suited to its environment.  Students will also begin to see the importance of every animal in a habitat and will learn to construct a simple food chain.

Night and day

Very similar to the ‘no place like home’ topic students will look at animals suited to their habitat and food chains.  However, this workshop will focus on the different adaptations between diurnal (day) and nocturnal (night) animals.


This workshop will focus on animals only found in rainforest habitats and food chains and students will be asked to identify the key adaptations of each animal designed for this habitat.

Above and beneath the waves tour

Students will receive a guided tour of our aquarium and seashore walk aviary, focussing on 3 main water ecosystems and the animals that survive in them.

The Frozen Planet tour

Students will visit the enclosures of four animals well suited for surviving very cold habitats.  Students will be encouraged to find the adaptations of the animals themselves and to think about why these features help the animal.  The students will also be asked to compare themselves to the animals and identify similarities.

Lower Key Stage 2 – Yr 3-4

We are what we eat

Students will begin to understand that different animals need different types of food to develop.  Students will be encouraged to identify key types of nutrients for bone and muscle growth and with the use of real animals they will be introduced to the function and importance of the skeleton and muscles.

It’s a hard enough life

Students will take a look at the impact of environmental changes on habitats and the animals that live within them.  There are 3 topics to choose from:

1) The shrinking rainforest – Students will take a look at the effect of deforestation and agriculture development on some rainforest dwelling species.

2) The Thirsty Planet tour – This will incorporate a tour through the aquarium and seashore walk aviary looking at the human effect on aquatic animals.

3) Its getting hot in here tour – Students go on a tour looking at how some animals are being affected by change in climate to their habitats.

What’s on the menu?

Students will learn about the different beaks and teeth for carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.  They will also learn about food chains, identifying, from a range of animals, producers, primary, secondary and tertiary consumers and that food chains are in a constant state of fragile balance.

Where do I belong?

Students will look at the different groups animals can be placed into.  Students will be encouraged to ask questions and explain reasons behind these groupings.

Upper Key Stage 2 – Yr 5-6

The race to reproduce

This workshop builds on student’s knowledge of different lifecycles in animal groups.  They will be encouraged to describe the processes behind each stage of growth and look at why animals have different methods.  They will also be introduced to the different methods of sexual reproduction seen in animals.

Forever changing

This workshop will introduce students to the concept of evolution.  By looking at some of our modern dinosaurs (birds) they will identify the link between dinosaurs and birds and discuss advantageous and disadvantageous variation across species.

Egg-citing tour

This tour is very similar in content to ‘the race to reproduce’ workshop, but with a greater emphasis on bird reproduction and growth.  Students will gain an incite into bird development within and outside the egg.  (Due to bird breeding habits this tour is best booked during late spring and summer time.)

Forever changing tour

Very similar to the workshop, students will look at a wider range of birds to discuss the concept of evolution and the need for variation across species.  Students will be encouraged to identify and discuss advantageous and disadvantageous variation across the animals they look at.

Key Stage 3 – Yr 7-9

Relationships in an ecosystem

Ecosystems are fragile and can be easily imbalanced.  On this tour students will look at several different bird species around the park and their roles within an ecosystem to prevent collapse.


This tour will build on the student’s knowledge of evolution in key stage 2.  They will look at adaptations within several different species and how they came about.  Students will look at examples of continuous and discontinuous variation and how natural selection is driven by the competition of individuals and species.  Students will look at the impact of environmental change on a certain species and learn about the importance of biodiversity and breeding programmes within zoos.


Are you currently on Twitter or Facebook?


What size groups do they cater for?

No size restrictions.


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

School information pack sent before visit.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes, no restrictions.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessment provided in school information pack.

2 teachers can visit Birdworld free of charge, to view the fascilities once the school has booked.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

Education office: Ben hart


School bookings have to be made through the bookings office email:


What does it cost?

Off peak: November – Easter Child £5.95, 1 adult free per 5 children, extra adult £6.95

Peak: Easter – end October Child £6.50, 1 adult free per 5 children, extra adult £7.50

Special needs children – 1 free adult per child

Is specific clothing required?

Suitable clothing for an outside venue.


Do you have first aid on site?

First aid available on site.


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?



Kiosk for light refreshments.

Are there disabled facilities?

Disabled toilets throughout the park. Paths suitable for wheelchairs.


What are your opening days and hours?

10.00am – 4.30pm (GMT)

10.00am – 6.00pm (BST)

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

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Green Awareness Outdoor Education Picnic Areas Science & Technology Sea life Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Design and Technology Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Science

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