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Meet the Birds


  • Learning Team
  • Harewood House Trust
    Harewood House
    LS17 9LG

  • 0113 218 1010
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Join us to meet our exotic birds in their sanctuary and discover the native birds of Harewood.

Choose from three special experiences, all with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). All learning sessions feature the opportunity to develop science enquiry & scientific vocabulary according to the focus of the day and are matched to the National Curriculum. Our sessions have a focus on personal, social and health education (PSHE) as we believe that this is an important aspect of the development of skills for conservation, preservation and sustainability.

The three themes of our special learning experiences:

+ Adaptation and Food chains A focus on adaptation and food chains.

+ Habitats and Conservation A focus on habitats and conservation

+ Lifecycles and classification A focus on life cycles and classification

Three activities within each theme:

+ Bird Sanctuary Tour 

+ Bird Sanctuary Workshop

+ Native Wings Treasure Hunt

In our unique Bird Sanctuary, home to approximately 300 birds from 56 different species from around the world, we design learning experiences to support pupils, foster skills and positive attitudes towards Climate Change, Environmental Sustainability and Equality. Many of our birds are critically endangered with some that are believed to be extinct in the wild. Pupils will see that conservation is integral to everything we do as they learn about the birds that we care for, explore their characteristics, their conservation status and what makes them unique.

Each day is split into three interactive sessions led by our expert facilitators and specialist Bird Keepers. Suitable for Primary School pupils and adapted for different age groups, our sessions feature practical activities which aim to stimulate a curiosity of the natural world.

Our indoor Curiosity Cabin, Education Suite and outdoor sheltered picnic area are available for lunch/break sessions which are situated next to toilet facilities and our Adventure Play Area. Our site and facilities are accessible.

As part of our commitment to sustaining a high quality and rich experience for all of our visitors, we will enhance all school visits through some optional pre and post activities.

Pre-visit activities Visit Post-visit activities
‘Learning Map’ of key vocabulary and scientific concepts for your selected sessions.

Opportunity to visit the site for orientation and to conduct a Risk Assessment.

HHT Risk Assessment and FAQ provided.

Choose from:

+ Adaptation and Food chains

+ Habitats and Conservation

+ Lifecycles and classification

All visits include a STEM project for pupils to take home.

Individually named Explorer Certificate for all pupils.

Follow-up, school-based cross-curricular activities.