School Visits

Educational Sessions for Kids 

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust worked in partnership with The Vitacress Conservation Trust to deliver free educational sessions at the Abbotts Ann Watercress Farm. This site has a special area set up adjacent to the chalk stream, the Pill Hill Brook, in which we were able to run school and group visits. Activities included river dipping, watercress planting and comparisons of different habitats. The visits were tailored to the group’s needs with close links to the National Curriculum. The children were given the opportunity to try the fresh watercress and to learn about how the watercress is grown.

We have produced some digital resources which are available for free to teachers and group leaders.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust also coordinate a landscape partnership project called The Watercress and Winterbournes Project. This is a community based project focusing on the Rivers Test and Itchen and their seven headwaters. You can find out more about this project here.

See our letters below from children who have enjoyed their day out!

School thank you letter
School thank you letter

Our Other Activities…

The Wonderful World of Watercress

Educational Resources

From The Wonderful World of Watercress to Chalk Rivers and Their Wildlife, download our booklets to help children learn about the importance of protecting wildlife and looking after our rivers.

Riverfly Monitoring Initiative


From river monitoring to supporting wildlife populations, we held many ongoing projects that involved local schools and communities.