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Foxburrow Farm is a 130 acre mosaic of farmland and wildlife habitats. The farmed land is a mixture of arable and grazing land managed using wildlife friendly farming practices. The farm has a fantastic mix of wildlife habitats including mature woodland, community woodland, meadows, orchards and many ponds – making it an ideal place to study farming and wildlife.
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Foxburrow farm was the first education centre to be opened in Suffolk in 1988 - The main classroom has recently been upgraded and provides a fantastic indoor setting for wet weather activities. In addition the farm yards and outbuildings are all used for group activities, providing a spacious and exciting outdoor classroom setting. The raised pond is a great success, due to the ease and safety of pond dipping and wheelchair access – not to mention the fabulous pond life!

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Here at Foxburrow Farm, we provide first hand experience of Suffolk’s wild places. Our programmes help students to gain knowledge & skills to understand the natural world and empower them to make informed decisions about their role in shaping the living landscape around them.
Whilst every visit to Foxburrow farm is tailor made to suit your class and their curriculum needs, popular themes for activities emerge. Below are listed our most popular programmes. However we are flexible & will mix & match and tailor programmes to the needs of each group. 

Popular Programmes:

children Sensing the outdoor environment (KS 1):
Using all our senses to explore ponds, meadows and woodlands, focusing on:

Shapes, colours, sounds and touches
Using natural finds for instant art
Being animal detectives (homes, food and camouflage)
Discovering new growth and changes of the season
Exploring nature through books: The very hungry caterpillar and The very busy spider
pond dipping Exploring habitats (KS 2):
Visit a pond, meadow and woodland habitat to find out about the plants, invertebrates and mammals that live there:
Parts of a flower – pollination, seed dispersal and germination
How a tree works – growth and nutrition
Invertebrate collecting techniques
Variation, classification, adaptation and feeding relationships
Mammal tracks, trails and signs
children Mapping Adventure (KS 1):
Explore the farm habitats using maps and trails:
Geography Bingo – using geographical vocabulary
Photo mapping – describing features
Orienteering – using a map to find animal homes and features of the landscape
Creating mini nature reserves
children Wildlife Wardens (KS 2):
Develop geographical enquiry skills and vocabulary by creating your own mini nature reserve and becoming a warden for a day:
Discover landmarks – orienteering and photo mapping
Compass challenge
Archaeological dig – effects of history and humans on Cragpit wood
child Footsteps of the Future (KS 2):
Learn how our actions affect our planet and find out how we can do our bit to look after it:
Renewable resources – using solar panels and making solar powered boats
Measuring the power of the wind and using wind turbines
Water challenge and water conservation game
Finding out about water usage and saving water
Composting, recycling and living in a sustainable way
2008 is ‘The year of food and farming’ so why not book your ‘Crop to Shop’ visit:

Crop to Shop (KS 2-3)
In 2007 the Chadacre Agricultural Trust funded Suffolk Wildlife Trust to plan, develop and equip a ‘Crop to Shop’ programme that would utilise Foxburrow Farm to teach children where their food comes from.

Learn about different farming methods and find out where your food comes from:
Learn how food, farming and wildlife can work together
Farm trail – Looking at crops and farming methods
Conventional and organic farming practices
Food production and food miles
Planting seeds and how to grow produce effectively

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Our programmes are fun and flexible and will be tailored to your group's specific needs.
Full site and activity risk assessments are available on request for all activities, please ask for these if required.
If you wish to book a visit or have a query, please contact the Foxburrow Farm Education officer:
Education Officer – Jenny Kent
Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1NA
Tel:  01394 380113    email:

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