Secondary Education

Facilities at the Reserve include the visitor centre, observation tower, bird hides and environs. We also have an education room equipped with microscopes, multimedia and other equipment and props. All workbooks, ID charts and field study equipment are also provided. The Snipe field: an outdoor education area with ponds, pools, trails and boardwalks has been specifically designed with schools in mind. Use of the Raven Nature Reserve for sand dune field studies is also available.


Junior Cycle Science

The Junior Certificate Science fieldwork involves exploring the wildlife associated with habitats especially important to Wexford.

The fieldwork includes:

  • Use of instruments such as pH monitors, pooters, quadrats, beating trays etc
  • Identifying flora and fauna using simple keys
  • Exploring food webs, competition, adaptation and interdependence in a habitat

There are two habitat options for a field study, wetlands or sand dune systems.

The Snipe Field: Wetland Field Study

Raven Wood Nature Reserve: Sand Dune Field Study

These Field study options are available in September, October, March, April and May and are 2.5 hours in duration.


Senior Cycle Biology

Leaving Cert Biology field work includes the recording and discussion of biotic and abiotic factors, species identification and survey methods, competition, adaptation and interdependence in a habitat and transferring of data onto graphs as per the curriculum.

There are two habitat options for a field study, wetlands or sand dune systems.

The Snipe Field: Wetland Field Study

Raven Wood Nature Reserve: Sand Dune Field Study

These Field study options are available in September, October, March, April and May and are 3 hours in duration.

Practicalities for visiting groups:

  • Class sizes should not exceed 30 students
  • All visiting students should be suitably attired for the weather
  • All equipment, including worksheets and pencils, are provided
  • All confirmed bookings must fill in a booking form

Transition Year Wildlife Challenge

Through a mix of indoor & outdoor activities, students will look at different aspects of wildlife ecology and management.

Activities include:

Goose Challenge: An activity worksheet that requires students to explore the interpretive centre and surrounding bird hides in order to find answers to questions posed. Students also get the opportunity to use sampling equipment such as PH metres and soil thermometers.

Bird Study: An in-depth study of various birds found at the Reserve, including their feeding patterns, body shape and adaptation to their habitat.

Conservation science: An insight into the work of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, including various surveying methods.

Available October and March, 2.5 hours in duration.