Ancient Woodland Discovery

Ancient woodlands are amongst our most important places for biodiversity, containing more threatened species than any other habitat in the UK.

Wild things! have been running day trips to our protected forest in Scotland for over 10 years. Our Ancient Woodland Discovery days introduce children to the ancient forests of Glen Affric and the Cairngorms, revealing the distinctive wildlife and rich biodiversity of these magical places.

Our Wild things! leaders are fully trained and experienced in environmental education and ensure these sessions are informative, fun and educational.

Ancient Woodland Discovery days are aimed at primary school age groups from Primary 3 to Primary 7. We offer single visits, or for a fuller experience, we encourage schools to participate in our two-stage programme:

  • Ancient Woodland Discovery Day: An introduction to the biodiversity of the forest and our rarest native species in their natural setting, from red squirrels and wild cats to unusual mini-beasts and plants.
  • Ancient Woodland Conservation Day: A chance to take practical action to conserve and expand our ancient woodlands.

This programme includes a two-hour session in your school to introduce the theme of the woodland visit and carry out a biodiversity audit in your school grounds.

An exciting educational handbook accompanies this course that contains a story from Sylvestrus, a mythical figure from the Calendonian Forest. The handbook is filled with games and activities for you to do in class!

Wild things! will provide minibus transport, all resources and equipment with spare quality outdoor clothing for pupils also available. Our enthusiastic and qualified leaders bring a wealth of practical skills, experience, conservation knowledge, educational games and fun!

Booking Details:

  • Group Size: 10-15 children per group, with a maximum of 30 children per session. Ratio of 2:15 (1x Wild things! leader, plus 1x teacher/adult support per 15 children)

We do not have and Ancient Woodland Discovery sessions scheduled at present. Please Contact Us if you are interested in this programme.

“I didn’t know that there are little bits of rainforest in Glen Affric!” Participant


“A terrific environment for all of us to explore and feel we are doing something to preserve our environment” Teacher