School trip to Martin Mere Wetland Centre
They welcome school groups of all sizes, all year round
Whether you are looking for a hands-on exploratory investigation into wetland life and habitats, or wanting to understand the survival and conservation of wetland species, we offer a unique combination of guided and self-guided learning sessions suited to a wide range of ages and abilities.
Learning sessions at Martin Mere
Informative and engaging, our curriculum-linked learning sessions at WWT Martin Mere are based in the outdoors and are suitable for a range of ages and abilities.
How and why do we monitor birds?
Children are given the opportunity to examine species and to monitor birds closely to understand how and why conservationists monitor wildlife. They are encouraged to think about how monitoring wildlife tells us about their habitats and what it takes to conserve species.
What lives in a pond?
A brilliant way to explore pond habitats and investigate freshwater life using the animals you catch, with a chance of finding freshwater invertebrates, fish, frogs and newts. Learners can use our equipment to help them describe, identify and group their animals and discuss what they might eat.
If you’d like to explore life cycles our ponds are also great places to look for signs of new life, from damselfly and dragonfly nymphs to pond snail eggs and tadpoles.
How do animals live in a pond?
This session offers learners a great opportunity to catch and identify freshwater life using ID keys and magnifying equipment and investigate several themes depending on your focus, including:
- Life cycles and reproduction; exploring eggs, nymphs, larvae and different types of reproduction in the pond
- Body parts and movement; identifying animals with and without skeletons and studying how they move
- Evolution and inheritance; raising questions about how the animals caught are adapted to their environment
- Food webs; identifying carnivores, omnivores and herbivores caught and their interdependence in the pond
What lives in this habitat?
Investigate habitats and microhabitats beyond wetlands, including woodlands, meadows, log piles and wildlife gardens to find plants and animals adapted to different environments.
Hunt for animals using our equipment including sweep nets and magnifying glasses and identify and name the plants and animals you discover.
A chance for learners to spot similarities and differences in their findings to help group living things and draw comparisons between what they find in one habitat and what they might find in another.
What happens to my water?
A unique opportunity for learners to work scientifically outdoors with water and launch their own enquiry into the water cycle.
Exploring wetland habitats first-hand learners can gather evidence to help identify the role that wetlands play within the water cycle as wetland habitats store, clean and slow our water down.
This session offers learners the chance to study this natural system, its impact and potential at varying scales and question how human activities can influence and change the system for better or worse.
And much more…