Natural England - Stodmarsh: school and community groups

Stodmarsh: school and community groups

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve (NNR) provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about wetlands, birds and reconnect with their local environment. And, of course, plenty of opportunity to have fun outdoors!

Stodmarsh school sessions (c) Joanna Carter/Natural England

Our education facilities

  • Free activity sessions for school or community groups led by our Community Outreach Advisor

  • New education area including a bird hide and tables

  • Free education pack suitable for KS2, with curriculum links! Downloadable from our websiteexternal link.

  • Equipment such as pond dipping nets and binoculars available for use on site

  • Links to farms – we have links to nearby arable and livestock farms where children can get close to farmyard animals and learn about our food from seed to plant to plate. You can combine a trip to one of the farms and Stodmarsh Nature Reserve for a fabulous day out. Ask for more details!

Sessions facilitated by us for children aged 4 – 12 yrs

We can tailor sessions to your classes’ learning needs, and all sessions are adapted to suit different ages. Have a look in the education pack for some ideas of cross-curricular sessions for Key Stage 2. Below are some ideas KS1 and KS2:

Bird Beaks’n’Tweets (Yr R-6, all seasons): bird lifecycles, adaptation, camouflage and biodiversity covered by fun games and birdwatching!

Frog Fantastic (Yr R-3, spring & summer): frog lifecycles and hunting for frog food (mini-beasts), with fun frog games and creative activities.

MiniBeastastic! (Yr R – 6, spring & summer): hunt for mini-beasts and get creative with some bug bling! Yr 3 – 6 can also cover topics such as food chains, classification and adaptation.

Pond Pirates (Yr R – 6, spring, summer, autumn): our pond-dipping pirates will find a wealth of life in the ponds and lagoons at Stodmarsh. Pond games help the children learn about water habitats and mini-water beasts.

Stodmarsh Stomp (Yr R – 6, all seasons): with the help of journey sticks children map the landscape and track down the animals that live there. Older children (Yr 3- 6) use compasses and learn orientation; younger classes have fun with a scavenger hunt.

Activity Carousel: We can mix and match, combining different activities to make a session suitable for your class.

Sessions facilitated by us for teenagers

We can run bushcraft, practical conservation or survey work sessions for secondary school or other teenage groups. Please ask us for more details.

Practical information

  • Shelter: bird hides and marquees

  • Toilet facilities: in Grove Ferry car park.

  • Health and safety: we bring basic first aid kits and do our risk assessments but we recommend that teachers visit beforehand to do their own risk assessments as well.

  • Access: the education area is along an ‘easy access’ path; in spring – summer this path is flat and easy to walk or wheel along.

  • Where we are : education facilities are located near the Grove Ferry end of Stodmarsh NNR, CT3 4BP.

  • How to book: for more information or to book a school session please contact Joanna Carter on 0300 060 4645 or email

This information can be downloaded as a PDF: (1.08mb)pdf document.