We manage a small urban nature reserve on the University Campus, Laisteridge Lane. This is an ideal place for nature studies including pond dipping, woodland study and grassland observations (minibeasts, flowers, seed and seed dispersal). The Reserve has two medium sized ponds and is home to butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies and many bird species. The best time for these sessions is in the summer term, but it is possible at other times of the year as well. It is also possible to run these sessions at Bowling Park Community Orchard, BD4.
Creating opportunities for young people to remain in the area, managing the landscape, is a priority. Our scheme of training and work experience has placed 16 people with organisations such as Bolton Abbey Estate, The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Natural England.
A Forest School is a unique educational experience which offers children, young people and adults opportunities to develop a better understanding and respect for their natural environment through hands on learning experiences. Activities on Forest Schools are broken down into small achievable tasks so that participants build confidence and self-esteem. Forest Schools activities are flexible and can be adapted for use in playschemes, after school clubs, scouting and guiding activities etc. and can be run for all ages.