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Information on Briars Lodge
• Caters for a wide variety of ages and curriculum areas.
• The grounds cover a range of habitats including a pond, meadow, hedgerow, woodland and compost heap (recycling).
• The Barn provides a meeting place for visiting groups and has equipment to support activities.
• Easy access to Ashdown Forest, Pooh Bridge and other Pooh Bear places, Hartfield village and Pooh Corner shop.
Visits
• Educational visits are planned in consultation between the teachers or group leaders and The Briars volunteer staff.
• Briars Lodge is open to visiting groups throughout the year, with different seasonal activities available, between 9.30am and 3.30pm (closed Bank Holidays).
• Visiting groups may use the Meadow or Barn for picnic lunches.  Drinks and biscuits can be provided, if required, by prior arrangement.
Wet Weather
• Children should wear suitable clothing.  Rubber boots and waterproofs are essential during and after wet weather.
Donations towards centre maintenance
• £3.00 per pupil per half-day, £5.00 per pupil per day.
Sponsorship funding to assist with schools’ travel costs may be available –  please contact Hilary Rowberry at Briars Lodge for further details.  This support is generously provided by the East Grinstead club of Soroptimist International.
Organisation
A half-day or full day visit will be planned to fit in with individual Teacher or Group Leader requirements.
Briars Lodge is suitable for studies in Science, Geography, English and Maths and general interest in Ashdown Forest. All work is structured to lead to RSPB awards.

Pre-school
  • Natural World, Matching activities, Senses, Trail following activities
Key Stage 1
  • Nature, Pond activities, Woodland, Hedgerow, Meadow, Geography
Key Stage 2
  • Habitat Studies, Contrasting localities – Woodland/Hedgerow/Pond/Meadow/Compost
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Wednesday 15th November:
Today Wildlife Explorers were Nature Detectives! We searched at the front of the school. Along the wayside and hedgerows to find: insects, fruits, leaves and fungi. We saw pigeons and blckbirds flying over us and found hazel nuts chewed by squirrels. It was good fun and we all got a prize.
By Seren Twort
Photo by Eleanor Sloane.
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On the 6th of December our Wildlife Explorers club had a litter pick around school. We organised into five teams of 3 people. Each team was led by a young leader. We had tabards to show that we were litter pick volunteers and recyclable composting sacks to collect rubbish. Our routes took us all around the playground, front of school, car park and up the path to St Mary the Virgin Church. The worst bit was around the bins in the car park ; where shredded paper had blown everywhere. We collected a lot of it but couldn't get it all.
Last year the Explorers collected 12 kilos of litter. This year we collected less - just 5 Kilos, this was a big improvement but we think it would be great if we couldn't find any litter at all!
Wildlife Explorers Young Leaders team
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I enjoyed making badges and planting flowers in the old pirate ship. The scavenger hunt was fun and it was great making bird houses too..... in fact I enjoy everything.
Francesca
I enjoyed receiving my Blue Peter green badge. On the nature scavenger hunt we found: spider webs ( which means spiders), animal footprints,flowers and fruits.
Tia
I like going out to the Briars Lodge Field Centre because we can see lots of wildlife there.
William
I like looking at wildlife
Edward
Like the other leaders I enjoy being trained up to help other club members
Scarlett
I enjoyed making the bird houses especially
Eleanor
I liked making badges because they tell people I am a member of the Wildlife Club
Daisy
I loved making a better bug hotel because its for creatures that are small and when it's raining they can have a shelter
Elouise
I had to find some leaves from the playground and find different colours. I stapled them to card to make a collage. It was good fun.
Seren
I got all the plants ready for people to plant. I helped them use spades and forks to dig holes to put them in
Brooke