A Level Studies
KS5 Field Studies Modules at Attenborough Nature Centre
Welcome to Attenborough Nature Centre, an exciting new eco-friendly visitor attraction surrounded by the tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve. The Centre houses The Willow Den, a well-equipped education area which is an ideal field studies base for investigating a variety of freshwater and terrestrial habitats.
Attenborough Nature Reserve is a designated Site of Scientific Interest due to the importance of its over-wintering waterfowl population. The network of ditches, ponds, reed beds, lakes and river offer a diverse field studies location close to the centre of Nottingham. This close proximity to several large urban conurbations provides a unique challenge in managing the area for biodiversity and people. The reserve also boasts species-rich grasslands and woodland habitats. The nature reserve is managed by The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the site’s owners, CEMEX Ltd., and Broxtowe Borough Council.
Our AS/A2 programme offers non-residential day courses to cover relevant aspects of the Biology, Environmental Science and Geography specifications. We may be able to offer consecutive day courses to cover connected themes. Although we suggest programmes on the following themes, itineraries are discussed with individual teachers to take into account any special requirements.
- Programme Options (full-day unless otherwise stated)
- Introduction to Ecological Techniques
- Freshwater Ecology
- Terrestrial Invertebrate Communities
- Grassland Ecology and Management
- Populations (half-day)
- Microclimates (half-day)
- Recreation and Conservation Management
As well as teaching aspects of the AS/A2 specifications, our programmes can be designed to prepare students for their individual studies/investigations, which can be carried out on the reserve.
All programmes are taught by our fully-qualified staff, assisted by our knowledgeable team of experienced volunteers. Activities and locations on the reserve are risk assessed to ensure safety. We are able to accept a maximum of 40 students. Day visits are charged at £6 per student with a minimum total charge of £85. Half day visits are £5 per student with a minimum charge of £65.