Bickley Hall Farm Wildlife Discovery Centre Cheshire
Malpas, Chester, SY14 8EF
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Environmental Studies | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Outdoor Pursuits | Outdoor Education | Ecology & Green Awareness | Field Studies | Environment Centres | Science | Geography | Conservation
What we offer
Cheshire Wildlife Trust is the leading environmental charity in Cheshire offering high quality environmental education field trips and sessions to schools or community groups. We provide fantastic opportunities for outdoor learning at a range of locations across the county all complimenting the National Curriculum. All our delivery staff are experienced environmental educators, first aid trained and DBS checked. We provide risk assessments for all our activities.
Bickley Hall Farm Wildlife Discovery centre is located in south Cheshire around three miles from the village of Malpas and around eight miles from Nantwich between the A49 and A41. The 210acre (85ha) site allows children to experience both farming and wildlife first hand.
The countryside classroom is a converted barn which provides an excellent indoor facility to support our fantastic outdoor education opportunities. The 100 year old traditional farm buildings have been converted into 2 fully equipped classrooms with bag storage, girls and boys toilets with hand washing facilities and a kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities. It is based in the heart of our wildlife-friendly working farm surrounded by native-breed livestock and plenty of wildlife. There is a safe self-contained outdoor education nature area set in stunning countryside looking out toward the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge. It provides a place for children to play learn and discover.
Bickley Hall Farm is unique as all our staff are covered by a special Great Crested Newt license, which enable Cheshire Wildlife Trust to offer a unique opportunity for children to see, handle and learn about these creatures. The site has a healthy population from which individuals and caught and kept in captivity for very short periods to enable the children to see them properly.
What makes us a great choice?
Bickley Hall Farm is a great place to bring a school group for an outdoor environmental education session. It provides a safe environment where children can discover, explore and learn about the natural world. The farm hosts a range of wildlife habitats which are accessible and excellent for educational use.
There are seven ponds on site, some of which are suitable for pond dipping session and are home to the many aquatic species including protected Great Crested Newt. There are also hedgerows and wild flower rich grassland which provide excellent habitat for minibeast, butterflies, moths, small mammals and many arable farmland birds.
Bar Mere, an SSSI borders the site and is an excellent place to see Dragon and Damselflies, Kingfisher, Great Crested Grebes and many more species. Other wildlife living on the farm includes badgers, harvest mice, water fowl, bats, lesser silver water beetle and barn owl.
Accreditation and Awards
Delivery staff have a CEVAS qualification and some of them are Forest Schools Practitioners.
Group Sizes Catered For
Most groups visiting the farm are class sized group however we can accommodate bigger groups by arrangement. We are happy to discuss options
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
A programme of activity is provided before each visit. We have some work sheets available and can provide follow up materials but the emphasis of our sessions are on the outdoor practice experiences which encourage children to connect with nature.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
There are no restrictions in place at Bickley Hall Farm.
Education Officer Information
The venue is staffed. Please contact the People and Wildlife Team.
Bickley Hall Farm
Full day of activities costs £150 for a group of up to 30 children
Half day of activities costs £75 for a group of up to 30 children
Larger groups can be accommodated so if you would like to bring more children then please talk to us.
Children will need to be prepared for all weathers. Please make sure they have:
A snack - if required mid-morning
Water or suitable drink
Eco packed lunch
Suitable footwear preferably wellies and trainers (old ones if possible as they are likely to get muddy)
First Aid Information
All of the People and Wildlife Team are first aid trained.
Children can eat their packed lunches either in the classroom or outside on picnic tables.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
There is a disabled toilet in the building. There is some disabled access on site. As it is a countryside site some areas are in accessible for wheel chairs.
Opening Hours & Information
We are willing to provide education sessions at any time and on any day by arrangement. This could include night time sessions as nocturnal animals may be a focus.
Sheila Earlham, from Tarvin Primary School, said: The Year 4 children really enjoyed their wonderful day pond and stream dipping with the Wildlife Trust. They had great fun learning about habitats and food chains........Nick and his team at Cheshire Wildlife Trust provided an exciting and well-planned learning experience.
Elizabeth Jenkins from Wimboldsley School said: The children loved every moment such a fun finding out day?
Victoria Primary School said: The day was well organised, all resources and activities were well planned and ready to use. The children were kept involved and motivated throughout. We had a great day.
Heswall Primary School: Enjoyable activities, suitable for all. Friendly and approachable staff.
Willaston Primary School said Enjoyable, active and worthwhile experience for the children.
Warmingham Primary School said The activities were engaging and enjoyable. The pond dipping was particularly enjoyed by the children and being able to see under the microscope was super, very well organised, informative and resourced.
Childer Thornton Primary School said, Great day good activities. Well planned I felt at ease throughout the day. The team lead by Jan, always welcome our school and are very informative, interesting and engage the children effectively in outdoor learning. We love coming!!
Briererly Street Primary School said, It exceeded expectations. It was very well organised, fun and informative. The enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff was fantastic and the children just loved the hands on experiences.