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Sign up for a Hedgerow Safari
OMSCo are offering an outdoor experience that is fun and gives children the opportunity find out about wildlife that lives on an organic farm. From buttercup to butterfly, woodlice to woodmice, children (and teachers) will be able to get close up and personal on our OMSCo Hedgerow Safaris. As well as being hugely enjoyable, this event will touch on a wide range of Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum requirements.
Our safaris are held on selected farms around the UK that regularly host school visits. They start at around 10am and after a brief introductory chat, we head out onto the farm to look for the live mammal traps that have been set the night before. Hopefully, the children will then be able to see close up some of the small mammals that inhabit the hedgerow – a woodmouse, bank vole or even a common shrew. Using the Hedgerow Guides (produced jointly by OMSCo and the Field Studies Council) we will then identify the species of plants in the hedge.
Finally, we will use sweep nets, bug pots to examine the insects that we find. That will take us to lunch time and we ask that children bring a packed lunch - we will provide fresh organic milk! On some farms, there will be an option of afternoon activities too.
[Download a full safari schedule here].
The events are free of charge and we provide laminated Hedgerow Guides, bug pots that you can keep. Schools will be expected to provide enough adults to adequately supervise the children – a maximum number of 40 children per safari. Wellies and waterproof clothing are essential!
If you would like to request a Hedgerow Safari, simply fill in the form opposite with your details and we will be in touch. If you would like more information please contact us – we're happy to help!