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The Daws Hall Nature Reserve and Centre for Environmental Education


how_manyWoodland AdventureDaws Hall Nature Reserve is situated in Lamarsh on the banks of The River Stour 4 miles south of Sudbury. Nearly 100,000 school children have received environmental education at Daws Hall since it opened over 25 years ago.
Daws Hall now faces fresh challenges as we start establishing ourselves as an independent educational centre that provides courses run by professional teachers, following a successful partnership with Essex County Council for many years.

Suffolk County council is assisting by sending out brochures to all Suffolk Schools providing information about features of the site and services offered. 

The Daws Hall Nature Reserve and Centre for Environmental Education

It is a unique site offering: woodland, wildflower meadow, the River Stour, a flood plain, Pitmire Island, Loshhouse Brook and ponds all on one compact reserve.  There is no public access apart from one footpath beside the river, the public are not allowed on the rest of the reserve, so a school has sole use during the visit.

The site has a well equipped field study centre, an observation bee hive and moth and mammal traps available for use.  It can cater for all stages of the National Curriculum from pre-school to A-level and has interesting adult courses on offer.

The reserve has abundant wildlife from birds and invertebrates to mammals and reptiles.  the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project has contributed to this in recent times.  Volunteers from the project, under the guidance of Neil Catchpole have erected bat and bird boxes, helped clear a pond and in 2010 installed a wonderful otter holt which already shows signs of otter activity.  All this and beautiful views of the Stour Valley.

For further details and bookings contact; Sarah White tel. 01787 269766

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Upcoming Events

  • Holly's Family Forest sessions
    July 24, 2014 (13:00 - 15:00)
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    Forest activities for the family organised by Holly Hilder who runs Out and Abouters on the reserve.  Morning session fully booked but a couple of places available in the afternoon.  e-mail Holly for full details

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  • Beth Chatto's Wildlife Fair
    August 19, 2014(10:00) - August 20, 2014 (10:00)
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    This 2 day event is at Beth Chatto's Gardens near Colchester where Holly Hilder and Sarah White will be doing pond-dipping and Forest School type activities to demonstrate what you can also do at Daws Hall Nature Reserve in school visits or Out and... tel.01206 822007 or tel.01206269766
  • Out and Abouters
    September 02, 2014 (10:00 - 12:00)
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    Forest School activities for pre-school children and their carers holly Hilder
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