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To assist teachers and other group leaders with planning and undertaking educational visits, we have a variety of information available, which may be used as part of a visit led by a warden or independently. Unsurprisingly, the education packs tend to relate to the main features of the particular site.

At Fens Pools, species identification charts for pond life and pollution charts using species as indicators are available, ideal for use during pond-dipping sessions.

For further details, please contact Paul Hancox, Senior Warden, on (01384) 812780 or email Buckpool and Fens Pool Nature Reserve.

At Saltwells, a varied programme for self-led groups is available. Focussing on the site’s rich wildlife habitats, specific activities include pond-dipping, mini-beast hunt, woodland ecology and grassland transects. Work sheets and equipment may be booked, as well as the use of the Field Centre, where seating for up to 50 children and a wide range of display materials are available.

For further details, please contact Mark Williams, Senior Warden, on (01384) 812795 or email Saltwells Local Nature Reserve.

We can cater for any age group, but generally programmes are pitched at around the Key Stage 2 and 3 levels of the National Curriculum.

Group visits must be booked in advance; we cannot guarantee that any preferred date, etc can be accommodated, though we will always do our best to meet your preferences. Our sites are popular for educational visits and we have limited availability during certain times of the year, so it is advisable to book as far in advance as possible.

Terms and conditions apply to each visit, which must also be agreed in advance. Full details will be provided upon request, but in summary these include:

Visitors to the sites do so entirely at their own risk. Neither Dudley MBC nor any of its employees, agents or volunteers accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to property or, in the absence of negligence, to persons.

The School or Organisation responsible for the visit must carry out a risk assessment and forward this to the appropriate wardens in advance of the visit.

Students and adults must follow the directions of wardens at all time. Failure to do so may result in the visit being curtailed,

Discipline and the behaviour of the students are the responsibility of the teacher(s), assistant(s) or organiser(s), not the wardens.

Student to adult ratios will be no more than 10:1 for pond-dipping and 15:1 for other activities, at all times. Wardens are not included in these.

Wardens reserve the right to cancel, curtail or alter agreed activities in the event of inclement weather, student behaviour that endangers themselves or others, insufficient adult supervision being available or other circumstances beyond our control. Often, alternative indoor activities may be possible during bad weather.

The School or Organisation responsible for the visit must provide first-aid kit(s) and qualified first-aider(s) appropriate to the size of the group(s). The teacher(s)/group leader(s) or the student’s guardian is responsible for the administration of any medication required during the visit.

Students must wash their hands after activities, particularly pond-dipping, and before eating. Limited hand washing and toilet facilities are available on request.

The School or Organisation responsible for the visit must ensure that students and adults have adequate waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear (Wellingtons or boots, not trainers).

The terrain of many of our sites means that not all parts may be accessible to everyone. However, we do welcome everyone and wardens will endeavour to tailor a visit to suit individual requirements. Please discuss any such issues with the wardens in advance.

We do not charge for educational visits or guided tours. However, donations are welcome and these will directly contribute towards the costs of maintaining and conserving the sites for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.