Education and Teacher Resources at Fylingdales

Educational services available at Fylingdales Moor

Hackness Year 6 enjoying the view from a boardwalk bridge
Hackness Year 5 and 6 enjoying the view from a boardwalk bridge


North Yorkshire schools are being offered educational visits to Fylingdales Moor led by Hawk and Owl Trust outreach and education officer Tanya Eyre – call or email her today for more information.

School visits| Thanks to funding through Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS), visits are free for school groups, so the only cost is transport.

While the very nature of birds of prey such as merlin means school groups rarely see these elusive birds, they can enjoy their wonderful wild moorland habitat.

Hackness School Pond Dipping in 2012
Hackness School Pond Dipping in 2012

A Moorland Experience Guided Walk|The best period for moorland visits is April to October. Visits can take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. They can be tailored to individual school needs, including a moorland experience guided walk incorporating wildlife, plants, adaptations and food chains, as well as pond and stream dipping if you are visiting for the day.

Pond Dipping| Pond dipping is available March – June,  and a three and a half hour session taking packed lunches, can include a walk on the moor.

Carry a 'Journey Stick'
Carrying a ‘Journey Stick’

Clues in the Landscape walk| A “Clues in the Landscape” primary school walk (geography and history) with views across to Robin Hoods Bay . A student from the local Fylingdales Church of England Primary School is holding a journey stick. Their teacher has asked them to stick on loose finds on our walk- spot the heather sprig at the top, and somewhere further down is a short eared owl pellet!

“A fantastic day. The children have thoroughly enjoyed it. I asked the children to tell me what they had learnt about and every feature you covered was mentioned-fox holes and lizard being the most popular but also appreciation of the view which surprised me.” Jenni Straw Year 2/3 teacher

Our Education and Outreach Officer for the North York Moors area is Tanya Eyre. Tanya is also available to organise visits for pupils and their teachers, especially in the winter months, either linked to Fylingdales trips or separately. Among subjects available for outreach visits are wildlife adaptations to moorland conditions and owl pellet dissection.

Tanya also runs workshops. A request to pay for craft materials can be made and at public activities either a small cover charge made or donation box is left out.

Children getting a 'Kestrel Eyes View' at Castle Howard's 'Wild About Woods' 2012
Children getting a ‘Kestrel Eyes View’ at Castle Howard’s ‘Wild About Woods’ 2012

Workshops at events These have included Countryside Days at Harrogate Showground and here (right) running a childrens workshop called “A Kestrels Eye View” at Wild About Woods, Arboreteum Castle Howard.


Enjoying the Star Moss!
Enjoying the Star Moss!


Guided walks for groups of all ages and abilities| Left: the Robin Hoods Bay Cubs on a moorland explorer walk one wet September afternoon 2012- enjoying the star moss


Examining a ringlet butterfly
Examining a ringlet butterfly



Guided family activities during the holidays | A participant enjoys a close up view of the ringlet butterfly she caught at Stoupe Brow 2012



Contact |Tanya Eyre about a school visit to the North York Moors, or for a preliminary meeting, by email Click Here or telephone 01653 691698 during office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

Click Here to download the North Yorkshire County Council Provider Statement for Off-site Visits