The RSPB Experience

RSPB Experience

Delve into the world of seabird scientists, be a bird and explore how YOU can be the future here at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. An experience packed full of ‘wows’, learning & fun.

Seabird Science

Be a seabird scientist and learn the techniques of seabird science. How do we know how many birds are here, where they go, how they live and if they are ok? What’s their story and why do we need to know?

Be the Future

To understand wildlife and to give nature a home we need everyone. Find out how YOU can be a part of a fantastic future.

Welcome to a world living life on the edge! Meet the magnificent seabirds that, for a few months of the year, call the cliffs here home. Be amazed at their stories and discover your own special story.

Be a Bird

Can you flap as fast as a puffin, defend yourself like a fulmar (it’s sticky!) and make a gannets nest?! Explore the world of the seabirds and their amazing adaptations.

What you need to know

  • We can take up to 35 children (1 class).
  • Each session lasts 2 hours starting at 10am or 1pm (flexible).[list-item] [list-item]We have fully accessible paths and toilets so people of all abilities can enjoy the cliff top.
  • Please make sure everyone is prepared for all weathers! We are on an exposed and often windy cliff top!

Me, Myself and I

 Hull Children’s University are working in partnership with Inspire Ignite to offer this amazing learning experience for children.

Emotional intelligence is key to being healthy and happy. Learners will gain a greater understanding of how their emotions and attitudes affect their life and relationships through greater understanding of their emotions and reactions to these.

By boosting comprehension and problem solving, Learners are able to increase their clarity and focus and engage in real choices for their future.

Learners can learn to neutralise the impact of negative emotions such as test anxiety or turmoil surrounding relationships, and then build effective replacement attitudes. For many this results in improved self-confidence and higher self-esteem, and as a result improved relationships.

Throughout the sessions learners will learn different techniques of self-awareness that will support them in times of stress.

Activity 1: Understand My World
Some students find it hard to fit in with peer groups and the conventional education system. This is most often caused by an underlying lack of confidence.

This lack of confidence, simply comes from not seeing their own value, not appreciating their natural strengths and talents.
Feeling inferior, they often then focus on what feels like survival, protection, and avoidance of emotional pain.

Activity 2: Help Me Build Confidence

It’s not until they feel safe that the students will be able to give the attention to learning, interacting and benefiting from the school environment.

So the first task is always, to build up their self-confidence, to help them see what their natural strengths and talents are.

The most effective way to do this, is through fun and interactive exercises, where they can experience themselves succeeding.

Activity 3: Help Me To Learn And Grow

Once they have developed confidence, students feel safe and more willing to learn, grow and take on new ideas and information.

It is only then, that they can see the opportunity that school provides – a way to develop their strengths so that they can build a life which will bring them happiness and fulfilment.

Knowing how to create value, and to be valued, is the gift.

This experience is suitable for children aged  7 upwards.

Environmental Debate

The Aim

  • To engage children in PLAN-IT-ECO conferences, promoting environmental understanding and awareness
  • To teach children about the environment and the planet and the effect we are having across the globe
  • To help children to understand that the choices they make and their actions effect the environment
  • To give children the skills, knowledge and motivation to recycle

Pre Visit

In the weeks leading up to the conference, children in each school take part in research, group discussions and   homework looking at environmental issues and the effect on the planet to prepare them for the conference.

The Visit

A full day conference with 72 children and staff and volunteers. In the morning, children explore issues such as sustainability, conservation, local and global environmental issues and the demand for and use of natural resources. They learn to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In the afternoon, they split into groups and each group play a different role in debating a real life environmental challenge. Groups represent: the government, environmentalists, banks, land and home owners and scientists so that they develop a greater understanding of the dynamics involved in protecting the planet. The afternoon workshop gives the young people a voice and develops their confidence in debating issues and forming and defending an opinion.

Age UK

The Aim

  • To develop empathy and understanding between our younger and older generations creating trust, mutual understanding and respect
  • To help children develop the ability to relate to and communicate with elderly people
  • To develop an understanding of history through the eyes of elderly people
  • To reduce the fear, stigma and misconception that exists between different generations portrayed by the media
  • To have the opportunity to establish positive relationships with older people to sustain friendships and communications over a longer period (under the supervision of the school)

The Visit

  • A tour of Age UK to understand why the service is needed, the role it plays in society and for Hull’s older generation.
  • Conversations, questions and answers in small mixed groups of children and elderly people facilitated by a mentor with observation and support. [list-item] [list-item]During group discussions, sharing stories and examples of life for each of the two generations including what it was/is like growing up and fears, hopes and dreams.
  • A dance session together before refreshments and chatting.


The Aim

  • To teach children empathy, compassion and trust
  • To relate caring for an animal to caring for each other
  • To explore what caring looks like
  • To help children understand that pets are a big and long term commitment
  • To understand what being a responsible pet owner involves along with basic knowledge of animal welfare for a range of different animals
  • To enable children to pass on their knowledge and understanding to friends and family in order to improve animal welfare across the city
  • To build emotional intelligence

The Visit

  • A presentation and discussion about animal welfare given by an RSPCA Education Officer.
  • A workshop with group exercises exploring and comparing different animal species and the types of care and consideration they need.
  • A tour of the RSPCA centre, learning about all the different animals resident in the centre, their backgrounds and reasons for being in the centre.
  • A talk about the different jobs in the RSPCA and the skills and qualifications needed

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