Coombe Bissett Down is a unique site for learning on topics from plant adaptations to local history and for a range of audiences. We aim to improve the understanding and appreciation every visitor has for this local habitat.

We will be partnering with Coombe Bissett Down Primary School and St Osmund’s Catholic Primary School to deliver a range of exciting educational programmes throughout the year.

Early years will be learning how farming forms a vital part of Coombe Bissett Down, getting chance to meet our lovely Herdwick sheep. All pupils will have the opportunity to discover the importance of the chalk downland habitat for the creatures that live there, getting up close and identifying them. Classes will get chance to develop these ideas back at school with Project Officer, Melissa going into to help them use the data they collected and create their own living science area that can be a haven for wildlife.

With a great array of rare species and management techniques there are a range of research opportunities. Field studies sessions for A-level and University groups will be available along with Nuffield placements.

We will be running group days and events to invite the public to help us out with our habitat restoration work.  This includes our ‘Seed project’, hand harvesting seeds to plant on our new butterfly bank being created later in 2018.

If you are interested in any of educational opportunities please contact [email protected] 

If you would like to be involved and lend a hand as an education and events volunteer please visit our volunteering page.