Education - Planning your visit
Information for Teachers
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.
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.
Toilets are available opposite the cafeteria.
There are no toilets along the Nature Trail.
Supervision of the children in the toilets is the responsibility of teachers and helpers.
A lockable classroom is available in which to leave lunches and bags.
The children will each need a packed lunch. Morning snacks should be packed separately.
Lunch may be eaten in the study room or outdoors in the picnic areas.
Hot drinks for the adults and orange squash for the children will be provided if required.
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.
The park is wheelchair accessible
There is ample parking for coaches at the Park.
Teachers are responsible for maintaining discipline and control of pupils throughout the visit
A teacher or adult helper is admitted free to the Park for every five or more children. Extra adults pay the normal entrance fee.
To help the children to enjoy their day we have a few basic safety rules.
These will be explained to the group during their introductory talk.
Please walk while in the Park. Our paths are laid with gravel and the ground is uneven.
Please do not climb on fences or safety barriers. They are intended to mark boundaries and will not take the weight of children.
Although we welcome enthusiasm, the animals become stressed by excessive noise. The quieter the children are, the more they will see!
Otters bite! Please do not touch the netting around the animal enclosures.
Please do not feed the animals. All our animals are on carefully controlled diets.
Please treat the countryside with respect. Do not drop litter or pick the flowers. Please stay on the paths.
Risk Assessment PDF