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Habitats to explore include:



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Ponds and Scrape

Wildflower Meadow

River and Brook

Education at Daws Hall

Daws Hall Nature Reserve is dedicated to delivering outstanding outdoor education experiences.

Schools, colleges and groups have exclusive use of the fully equipped field education centre and beautiful 25-acre private reserve. 
All sessions are led by our our experienced and enthusiastic education team. and there are a number of habitats suitable for a range of activities all year round, covering ages from EYFS through to higher education and adults.

Facilities and Features

  • Purpose built pond dipping platform, work tables and weather shelter

  • Field studies equipment including scientific meters and apparatus for laboratory and field work, projector, reference materials, displays including traditional natural history artefacts and mounted specimens.

  • Scientific equipment for surveying including nets, pH and TDS meters, quadrats, ranging poles, wellies and waders in a range of sizes.

  • Platforms on the Brook and River Stour to provide safe access for kick sampling and freshwater studies.

  • Secure coat and boot room.

  • Accessible toilet facilities.

  • Wheelchair accessible routes to the reserve’s main features and facilities.

  • Map based Orienteering trail that spans most the reserve and shorter directions and bearings based session.

  • Back to nature woodland area with swing, hollow log, tree house shelter and fire circle, suitable for Bushcraft/Forest School.

  • Observation Honey Bee Hive (in Spring and Summer)

  • Geographical features including a river cliff formation overlooking the Stour Valley, and the county border between Essex and Suffolk

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In addition to the natural and environmental sciences, the reserve’s location and unique characteristics make it an ideal place to explore a range of other subjects including history, art, maths, English, and design and technology.

We welcome all ages and abilities and are always happy to put together a bespoke nature experience for you. All of the activity options listed on our primary and secondary/FE education pages can be adapted for adult groups, including disabled visitors and/or SEN schools.

Click below for more information on example sessions

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