New Forest Wildlife Park Southampton

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South East

Deerleap Lane Longdown, Nr Ashurst, Southampton, SO40 4UH

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Based in the New Forest (National Park). You will find Europe’s largest collection of otters, owls, deer, badgers, lynx, mink, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats, pine martens, wallabies, wild boar, wolves & many more species of indigenous wildlife.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Citizenship | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Picnic Areas | Parks and Gardens | Outdoor Education | Ecology & Green Awareness | Environment Centres | Animal Welfare | Adventure Playgrounds | Geography | Environmental Studies | Conservation

What we offer

It is our aim to provide you and your group with an enjoyable and informative day out. Our arrangements are flexible to cater for individual preferences. On arrival our Guides will welcome you to the New Forest Centre. Your guide will show you to our study room where you will be given an introductory talk. Tour of the Park. (Maximum distance is just over a mile. This can be shorter if required) Lunch This may be eaten in the study room or outdoors in the picnic areas. Afternoon. This is a time for group leaders to reinforce the experiences of the day and is flexible to meet your needs. Visit to souvenir shop if required. As the shop is quite small, we suggest groups of no more than 15 children at a time. Closing discussion/question time. Departure. A Visit to the park is a cross curricular experience with relevance to many aspects of the curriculum. During the tour the group will learn about nocturnal, diurnal and crepuscular creatures that live in the British countryside and see a variety of habitats. They will learn how animals are adapted for life in their particular environments; about animal behaviour, how they eat, where they live, why they have fur or feathers, and how they cope with different weather conditions. They will find out about herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and detrivores; producers, consumers and life processes. The group will encounter threatened and endangered species and will become aware f the issues surrounding environmental changes and pollution and the need for wildlife protection and conservation. They will be encouraged to use their sences to look and see, listen and hear and smell everything around them. We hope they will develop an understanding and respect for the creatures of the countryside while gaining personal benefits from their close contact with nature.

What makes us a great choice?

The Park is set in 25 acres of ancient woodland in the New Forest, now a National Park and Southern England's most extensive area of unenclosed land. Here you will find Europe's largest collection of multi-specied otters, as well as owls, deer, badgers, lynx, mink, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats, pine martens, wallabies, wild boar, wolves and many more species of indigenous wildlife. The circular forest trail meanders along wooded pathways between the animal enclosures. An opportunity to experience wildlife in its natural surroundings. Whilst many of our talks and tours relate to aspects of the National Curriculum we aim to enthuse and inspire the children about wildlife and the natural environment in general

Group Sizes Catered For

Maximum group size approx. 100.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Teachers who have not visited the park before are welcome to arrange to have a free pre visit in order to become familiar with the site and activities for a well organised and safe visit. A detailed teachers pack containing information to help with the planning of a visit, background information about the animals and a full risk assessment is available on our website.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Children are encouraged to take photographs as a record of their visit.

Risk Assessment Details

There is a full risk assessment for educational group visits but teachers are welcome to carry out their own as part of a pre visit.

Education Officer Information

Our Education Officer is Robin Phillips.

Pricing Information

Please visit our web site for latest prices, and group rates available on request.

Clothing Requirements

The children should be dressed appropriately for a day outdoors. We recommend stout shoes or trainers. (Children who wear wellington boots often complain of cold feet). In the summer months we recommend sun hats, etc. and light waterproofs. In the autumn and spring the children need very warm clothing and good waterproofs.

First Aid Information

A first aid kit is available at the Cafeteria for your use. We recommend group supervisors to carry first aid kits with them on the Guided Tour.

Available Facilities

Picnic facilities are available outside the Education centre or outside the Woodland restaurant. For guided groups lunch may be eaten in the education centre. The souvenir gift shop has a wide range of quality gifts at prices to suit all pockets.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Please see our website for more information, under Your Visit-Disabled Access

Opening Hours & Information

The Park is open all year round. Summer 10.00am - 5.30pm Winter 10.00am - dusk

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