Learning at Cuckmere Valley

A school group sits perchd on top of the downs enjoying far reaching views over river valleys, downland and woodland

We are perfectly situated for field studies at Frog Firle Farm. From our education base, students can access the open downland engaging in activities and taking in views of the river Cuckmere, typical of the lowland farmed landscape of the South Downs National Park. Why not book a school visit to us or find out more about our Forest School?

History of the farm

Frog Firle Farm was acquired by the National Trust and tenanted in 1991 to preserve valued chalk grassland, water meadow habitats and the beautiful river landscape.
The farm buildings and the white horse figure date from the 19th century but you will also find evidence of Bronze Age settlers, Iron Age farming and medieval farm building here.

Habitats to explore

The river Cuckmere is estuarine here, but its course can be seen in its entirety from our hillside vantage point. Freshwater ditches in the floodplain provide a great contrast for scientific study in plants and invertebrates compared to those of the chalk grassland and the hedgerows on the farm.

What we offer

We can offer ranger-led activities from bug hunting to pond dipping, compass reading to river study. We can also run forest schools in nearby Friston Forest. See our programme of activities for details or contact us to discuss arranging a customised visit on a specific theme or project.
Telephone: 01323 423197 or email us.

Facilities at Frog Firle Farm

We have education barn seating and bag drop for 2 classes; boys and girls toilets; handwashing facilities; outside picnic area; parking and drop off area for coaches, minibus or cars.

Forest School and Outreach

Our Forest School level 3 trained ranger arranges visits for up to 15 students per session in Friston Forest or outreach. Tailored to the particular needs of a group. Book one term or more in advance.
Find out more about Forest School education here

Booking your visit

Contact our Community and Learning Ranger to arrange your visit by emailing or by telephone on 01323 423197.
Do contact us about outreach visits to set up a forest school or if you would like to tailor your visit to a specific topic or theme.

Downland discovery & Freshwater finds

Key Stage 1,2, & 3

  • Bug hunting
  • What's in that quadrat?
  • Visit the Bronze Age barrow
  • Listen to stories in the landscape
  • Use a map and compass
  • Pond dipping
  • Minibeast games
Find out about SDNP travel bursaries scheme here

River explorer

Key Stage 2 & 3

  • View and sketch the river
  • Listen to river stories
  • Act out being part of the river
  • Discuss impacts on the landscape
  • Experiment to find the river flow
  • Use this video or sketch resource before you visit
  • Learning from landscapes
  • Learning from landscapes

Key stage 3 & 4

  • Make a valley cross section
  • Investigate chalk downland
  • Assess human impacts on the landscape
  • Test water quality and map river profile
  • Use a map and compass

Find information on the South Downs landscape here