Windmill in Broads National Park

Discovering the Broads

Learn about the history, heritage, wildlife and special qualities of the Broads National Park

Discover and help look after the Broads National Park.

This flexible day of activities offers the opportunity to get involved with practical conservation work to support the management of the Broads. 

This opportunity is provided by Broads National Park.

How to apply

Essentials

  • Type: 5 - 6 hour activity
  • Dates: Flexible (confirmed as part of booking process)
  • Locations: Norfolk - see details
  • Cost: Free (fully funded)
  • Suitable for: Groups aged 7 - 18 years

About this opportunity

This flexible day visit is offered at different locations within the Broads National Park.

You will discover and help look after the Broads National Park as a starting point for longer-term involvement. The programme includes activities to learn about the history, heritage, wildlife and special qualities of this nationally important wetland, and an opportunity to get involved with practical conservation work.

Groups can learn about the importance of peat and the origins of the Broads, go geocaching, carry out wildlife surveys and get hands on practical countryside skills in a spectacular fenland environment.

We will work with you to develop your programme according to the requirements of your group and the season. This could include elements of team building, bushcraft, cooking and boat trips as well as outdoor discovery and conservation activities.

Need to know

How it works

Activities vary by location and the season but may include:

  • geocaching
  • practical conservation work
  • peat discovery
  • wildlife surveys
  • boat trips

Learning outcomes

On your visit, you will benefit from:

  • Discovering of the special qualities of the Broads
  • Geographical and scientific understanding
  • Practical conservation skills
  • Health and wellbeing benefits of working outdoors in nature
  • Communication skills
  • Team work skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Nature awareness

What to bring

You will need to bring suitable outdoor clothes and footwear, packed lunch and a hot drink. You must also bring any necessary medication.

All PPE and specialist equipment will be provided.

Locations

Barton Turf Adventure Centre

Staithe Road, Norwich, NR12 8AZ

Various dates available and confirmed as part of the booking process

View the centre

How Hill National Nature Reserve

Ludham, Great Yarmouth, NR29 5PG

Various dates available and confirmed as part of the booking process

View the reserve

 

Sample timetable

Discovering the Broads National Park

Day one

10:00 Arrive, welcome, introduction and health and safety briefing

10:15 Resources of the Broads - peat core investigation, havesting willow and charcoal making

11:15 Exploring the Broads - geoaching trail

12:15 Lunch

13:00 Habitat convervation - practical conservation task such as scrub clearance or fen meadow management (dependent on season)

14:00 Navigating the Broads - boat trip

15:00 Summary and depart

How to apply

Applications are open for Discovering the Broads National Park. Please contact the Education team directly for details.

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