Braywick Nature Centre

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Offering outstanding nature experiences for children and families, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's hub for environmental education is Braywick Nature Centre.

Set on the edge of a stunning local nature reserve, the dedicated staff at Braywick Nature Centre create memorable, immersive learning experiences for primary school groups all year round. We help children to learn about nature through their senses and their creativity, using both traditional and contemporary approaches to nature education.

You can find our brochure at the top right of this page and also view our free online resources, which are now supported with funding from the Prince Phillip Trust.

To talk about how can we support your pupils' learning, please call us on 01628 777440 or email us at braywick@groundwork.org.uk

Offering outstanding nature experiences for children and families, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's hub for environmental education is Braywick Nature Centre.

Set on the edge of a stunning local nature reserve, the dedicated staff at Braywick Nature Centre create memorable, immersive learning experiences for primary school groups all year round. We help children to learn about nature through their senses and their creativity, using both traditional and contemporary approaches to nature education.

You can find our brochure at the top right of this page and also view our free online resources, which are now supported with funding from the Prince Phillip Trust.

To talk about how can we support your pupils' learning, please call us on 01628 777440 or email us at braywick@groundwork.org.uk

  • What's happening at Braywick Nature Centre?

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    Check the articles below to see topical new events or features of the Nature Centre. Get in touch if you have any feedback or comments - and share our updates with your local community!

  • The Night Forest 2022

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    Our 'Night Forest' Halloween activities for families were great fun this year. Pumpkins were carved, spooky stories were told by our own Winnie Witch round a roaring campfire, and the procession through the pumpkins lined along the woodland was the perfect way to finish the evening. Our event sold out quickly and we hope to run even more Night Forest evenings next year.


  • Wild About Gardens Silver Award

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    Delighted that the Braywick Nature Centre garden has been awarded Silver in the Wild Maidenhead Wild About Gardens Award.

    This shows we have various wildlife friendly features including wildflowers, fruit trees, organic vegetables and compost. We hope to improve the garden further to obtain gold next year!

  • New Waymarked Trails

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    Do you recognise this location? 👀

    ☺️ We are so happy to announce our new way marker posts for three Braywick Nature Reserve trails are now in place.

    👣 The Kingfisher trail, Woodpecker trail and Butterfly trail will guide you on different routes around the reserve.

    ℹ️ Information boards have been designed by @stusshed, why not check out our trails?

  • The Braywick Nature Festival

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    The Braywick Nature Festival 2022

    The Braywick Nature Centre Festival was a buzzing day of pond dipping, minibeast hunting, face painting and fun with live music and food stalls.

    Family friendly and free - it wasn't one to miss! If you missed it make sure you're around next year!

    Braywick Nature Festival | Facebook

  • May half term family fun

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    This May half term was busy at Braywick. On Tuesday our team welcomed families for a relaxing pond dip with water creatures galore, followed by an adventurous search through the grasslands and woodlands in our minibeast safari. The next day we celebrated the new season's beginning with our Explore Summer event. We created journey sticks together by wandering the reserve hearing stories, collecting and attaching them to remember our journey. This was a new activity and got really positive feedback: we hope to mark each change of season with the similar event!

  • The Equipment Lending Library

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    In order to conserve nature, we need to know what is around us and how it is changing. Field identification is key to this.

    To help enable the brilliant wildlife community groups in our borough, we have purchased some new field monitoring equipment. We are calling this our Lending Library. Equipment is stored at Braywick Nature Centre.

    The equipment is free to borrow for Borough residents, to complete their own surveys of local nature. Once surveyed, please fill in the following form and you upload your results to a national monitoring scheme (we will provide more info on this) to ensure the data collected helps conserve our wildlife! This will also help us to complete the targets set in our Biodiversity Action Plan.

    Check out the image of just some of the equipment on offer and see the full list written below.

    We do ask borrowing groups to be responsible for their own safety and to keep the equipment in good condition.

    If you'd like to borrow something, please get in contact with Rosie at bnc@rbwm.gov.uk. We hope you enjoy finding more about the wildlife in your local area.

    Equipment Type

    Quantity

    Elekon Bat scanner Bat Detector


    5

    Batbox 3 Bat scanner

    2

    Pulsar Axion XM30F Thermal Imaging Monocular

    1

    Mammal Tracking Tunnel + footprint tracking charcoal

    1+1

    Longworth Mammal Trap


    5

    Snowbee Granite PVC Thigh Waders

    4

    (Sizes 6,7,8,10)

    NHBS Moth Trap (Starter Kit)


    1

    Video endoscope

    1

    Renewable energy kit

    1

    Mega Pixels Scouting Camera

    2

    Pond nets

    2

    Large sweep nets

    3

    Small sweep nets

    5

    Q1 quadrats 8

    Various floral and faunal FSC field guides (please enquire)




  • Organic Garden at Braywick

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    Our Ranger Tom and the team have been working hard to make Braywick Nature Centre garden an exemplar of wildlife gardening.

    We have wildlife flowers growing across the lawn, plenty of large logs acting as dead wood, an orchard area, silver birch trees, pollinator friendly shrubs, wildflowers and a native hedge perimeter. He has also planted a variety of salads, potatoes, squash, beans and tomatoes.

    Fresh and organically grown produce is going to feature in our environmental education programme, show demonstrate pollination and ways to utilise human and wildlife's needs in a space.


  • The Woodland Classroom

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    We love running Deep Forest sessions for children in our woodland classrooms. These include den building and fire lighting, but we are working to expand our programme. We'd love to lead activities on foraging, other bush craft skills and cooking on an open fire. Do you have any other ideas? Get in contact via the channels on the right hand side.

  • Supporting sustainable events

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    The Natural Environment Team were asked recently to provide a sustainable alternative to cut flowers at the RBWM Awards Ceremony. We decided to buy and lend some pollinator friendly shrubs for the tables. In our RBWM purple of course. These looked fantastic wrapped in bright tissue paper. The lavenders and wallflowers have since been planted into the garden at Braywick. Come and see if you're passing!

Page last updated: 16 Nov 2022, 10:46 AM