Habitats and minibeasts at Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill

A beautiful male Adonis blue butterfly suns itself on a blade of grass

Scientific detective work or a sensory habitats trail day for minibeasts for Key Stage 1 and 2.

Key Stage 1: Habitats

Nature Detectives

Curriculum link: Science and Art

Join us for a sensory trail around Devil’s Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm.
Throughout the day, you can choose four activities from the list below:
  • discuss the key features of our woodland and chalk grassland habitats at Devil’s Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm
  • differentiate between living and non-living things and create simple food chains
  • create some interesting nature rubbings
  • hunt for different birds, bugs and plants to look at lifecyles
  • learning about the weather and water cycle on the downs
  • try your hand at a giant wild art display
  • make a journey stick or nature crown to remember your day

Key Stage 2: Habitats and minibeasts

Habitat detectives

Curriculum link: Science and Geography

Spend the day carrying out a detailed study of our woodland and chalk grassland habitats at Devil’s Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm: 
  • discuss the importance of the South Downs National Park and why it is special
  • help us look after the rare habitats found in this area and discover why cutting down trees and having a bonfire can sometimes be good for wildlife
  • explore the life cycles of key plants and animals including rare butterflies
  • investigate the key features of each area and use keys to identify the minibeasts that the children collect and classify them in to groups
  • discuss the role these creatures play as composters and recyclers, then create food chains using pictures of the flora and fauna found throughout the day

There is much to learn here at Saddlescombe Farm and Devil's Dyke, so for more information please contact the Learning Team at saddlescombe@nationaltrust.org.uk

All of our outdoor activities are flexible to better suit your specific requirements and the season.  We are happy to discuss any particular needs you may have in terms of accessibility or curriculum for your visit