Please follow any guidelines set out by your organisation with regard to taking groups on field trips and carrying out fieldwork. If you would like any information on supervision ratios to follow please ask on booking. All activities have risk assessments prepared for them. However we recommend you also have your own risk assessment for the visit. If you would like assistance in preparing your own risk assessment please contact the Rangers at the site you plan to visit.
We expect a certain standard of behaviour from all visitors to our sites and will provide you with site specific guidelines when you make a booking with us.
A health and safety brief will be given at the start of the session, along with any information regarding environmental impact. For example this could mean certain areas are "out of bounds" or certain routes may need to be used.
Your group leader will remain responsible for the behaviour of the group at all times, we also require you to ensure an appropriate adult to child ratio is maintained.
Accidents and First Aid
Rangers have access to basic first aid items and are first aid trained. Basic first aid items will be carried by Rangers on guided activities, or will be located at the visitor centre if you are visiting the park unaccompanied. Any non standard items or medication will remain the responsibility of the group leader. Please make Rangers aware of any medical conditions that may need special arrangements. In the event of an accident you should follow any guidelines set by your governing body. In the event of a serious accident occurring while you are unaccompanied you should contact an ambulance directly (999). If you do call for an ambulance directly please let the Ranger staff know so that they can ensure the ambulance reaches you as quickly as possible. Please find attached the Ranger Service contact details for each site. We complete accident reports for all incidents requiring first aid.
The risk of picking up an infection or disease in the countryside is rare, but we recommend you take a few simple precautions:
Cover all cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters, this is essential for pond or river activities.
Everyone should wash their hands at the end of all activities.
Lost children and lost property
Should you lose any of the children in your care let the Rangers know as soon as you can so we can organise a search. Either phone the Rangers or where appropriate contact the Information point.
Please report any items lost or found to the Rangers as soon as possible.
Coaches, minibuses and cars
All parking in Birminghams parks is normally free of charge. We recommend that all groups visiting by coach bring along an additional vehicle if possible. This has proved useful when people have fallen ill or needed a hospital visit.
Some sites may have very few bins, please be prepared to carry your litter with you and take it home after your visit.
If you are booked on a Ranger led activity and need to cancel please let us know as soon as possible as it may be possible to allocate the date to another group.
Group leaders questionnaire (Feedback form)
After you have been involved in a Ranger led activity we would be grateful if you would complete a questionnaire about your visit; we will give you this on the day of your visit.
Photo consent forms
We like to have a record of the work we do and may ask if your group can be photographed during their visit. If you agree to this we will need consent forms completing by the adults (parent/guardians) responsible for each of the children.