Education at Studland Bay
Whether you are a teacher looking for resources to help you plan a lesson, a student looking for help with your studies, or simply interested in learning more about the Purbeck coastline, we have a wide range of resources for all.
Schools and education providers can now borrow field equipment and resources free of charge at Studland Bay. Please click below to see our equipment list and to book.
We have a huge range of resources to help support your learning, including information packs, maps, data and more. Please scroll below to find the most relevant section for you and download the files. If you would like any further information, or have any questions about education in Purbeck, please use the contact form linked at the top of the page.
Sand dunes learning and resources
Sand Dune Teacher Resource Pack – designed for teachers with an interest in sand dunes at Studland Bay. Aimed primarily at KS3/KS4.
Sand Dune Education and Resource Pack – designed for anyone with an interest in sand dunes at Studland Bay.
Little Sea Restoration Case Study — explores the ways in which this important habitat is being restored for nature after the illegal introduction of carp damaged its fragile ecosystem.
Find out more – please visit the Dynamic Dunescapes page for more information on the project and for further links.
Coast learning and resources
Case studies designed for both teachers looking to run a ‘virtual fieldtrip’ looking at different management policies in place at Studland Bay, or for students looking for examples of these policies.
- Hold the Line
- Managed Realignment (open coast)
- Managed Realignment (saltmarsh)
- No Active Intervention
Middle Beach erosion photos – photos showing how coastal change has effected Middle Beach in recent years
Knoll Beach aerial and satellite comparison photo – overlay of an old aerial photograph with a recent satellite image that shows how the coast has changed at Knoll over the last century.
Coastal Management Policy – designed for anyone who wants to find out more about how the National Trust look after the Purbeck coastline. This document sets out the different pressures facing different parts of the Purbeck coast, and how we plan to manage them in the future.
Dune ID guides
For anyone who wants to learn more about the species found on Studland’s dunes.
- Fungi ID guide
- Heath Star Moss ID guide
- Invertebrate ID guide
- Pirri Pirri Burr ID guide
- Plant ID guide
Ideal for teachers looking for virtual fieldwork activities to carry out in the classroom.
Dune transect data pack – see how species vary across the dunes against factors such as soil pH, soil moisture and soil organic content.
Visitor numbers – see how many people parked at Studland Bay for the years 2018-2020
For more information regarding the content of the presentations, please use the contact form linked at the top of the page.
Coursework Help Pack – primarily designed for KS3/KS4 students, but suitable for anyone with an interest, this pack contains answers to all of the most frequently asked questions that we receive about Studland Bay. Topics include socioeconomic background, coastal change, coastal management and dune heath ecology.
We have sand lizard stories and dune activity sheets - great for ages 2-8 years old.
Why not take your educational visit at Studland Bay one step further? The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme, which involves discovering, exploring, conserving and sharing your experiences of wild places. A field trip to Studland ticks off one of the four Award Criteria, students can then complete the rest of the award on their own or as a class. Dynamic Dunescapes is partnering up with the John Muir Trust to offer the award. More information, along with the steps required to achieve the award, can be accessed here.