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Plantsbrook Local Nature Reserve Activities for Schools


All the activities we provide can be tailored and adapted to your schools needs. Where appropriate we aim to link our activities with the key stage outcomes. With habitat studies, trees and the environment and pond dipping activities, it is possible to generate data for use back in the classroom. Activities are based on half days. For a full day we usually combine a morning "academic" session with environmental games in the afternoon. In addition to the activities that we run, we can also help and advise on improving school grounds for environmental education. There is also an orienteering course available at Pype Hayes Park nearby. If there is an activity with an environmental theme, which you would like to try and it is not listed above, please call us to discuss your requirements as we may be able to help.

What to expect from the activities:

Habitat Studies

With habitat studies, we look at three different habitats and the insects within them. The three habitats examined are woodland, grassland and water. The insects found in these habitats are good illustrators of animal adaptations to suit a particular habitat. We will normally split a class into smaller groups, as it provides a better opportunity to get a closer look at the insects.

Citizenship Skills

At Plantsbrook we can provide a range of practical conservation activities which help to build citizenship skills. Places can also be provided for students on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Tress and Our Environment

With trees and our environment the themes of age, use and importance of trees, seasonal changes and the lifecycle of trees are explored. There are also a number of fun activities which can be incorporated into this topic, for example tree dressing.

Animals and Their Adaptations

This is a classroom-based activity in which we look at animals and how they have adapted to the environment and their role within it. Old museum exhibits (stuffed animals) are used in this activity as it allows students to get a closer look at these adaptations.

History and Land Use

History and land use looks at the changing landscape and what signs of past practices are still visible. This is done by using old ordinance survey maps.

Earth Walks

Earth walks combine a number of fun activities which allow students to get a closer view of nature and wildlife.
There are a number of craft projects which fit into the category of 'Craft Design Technology', from bird boxes to insect houses. These projects can also be used to improve school grounds for wildlife.

Environmental Games

Environmental games are a fun way of explaining difficult environmental issues through play.

School Activities Summary

Activities Covererd

Habitat studies, citizenship skills, trees and our environment, animals and their adaptations, history and land use, earth walks, pond dipping, Craft Design Techonology and environmental games.

School bookings taken?

Yes, please book in advance

Visits to schools arranged?

Yes, most of the above activities can be adapted and carried out on the school grounds. As with other visits to Plantsbrook please book in advance. Please call to discuss any special requirements


Please contact the Ranger Hub for information.

Age Group

All age groups and key stages are catered for.


Maximum group size 30


Unfortunately, facilities are limited. There is only one unisex toilet (accessible for disabled people) and no wet weather cover. There is secure storage for bags and other items.

Parking Facilities

Car parking is available. The driveway is not suitable for coaches. The pick-up and drop-off point for coaches is on Eachelhurst Road.

Bus Route

Bus no's 114 & 116 - stop on Eachelhurst Road.

Bus no's 28, 638 & 67 - stop on the Chester Road, which is a short walk away.

For more information on buses visit www.networkwestmidlands.com

Opening Hours

Operating hours are negotiable. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Sutton Coldfield and Erdington Ranger Hub
Tel: 0121 355 6370