Learning on National Nature Reserves
National Nature Reserves (NNRs) provide great opportunities to enjoy the very best of Scotland's nature and offer a wealth of opportunities for outdoor learning. You are welcome to visit any NNR for learning, providing you act responsibly . You can find out more about each NNR , e.g. what makes it special; why it is managed as it is; facilities or location , by visiting the NNR website . All NNRs have publications giving further information, which will be of interest to you and your pupils before, during and after your visit.
Support for your visit to an NNR
Some NNRs have staff, education resources or can share experiences of previous education projects to help you plan or make your visit, for instance:
Blawhorn Moss NNR is a rare survivor of the raised and blanket peat bogs which once covered much of Central Scotland. The Peatland Education Resource can highlight its relevance to the curriculum and the Teaching in Nature Blawhorn Moss case study highlights the impact a visit there can have on teachers and pupils alike.
At Forvie NNR birdlife is plentiful; you can watch the acrobatics of the diving terns, the determined stabbing of the carrot-coloured beaks of wading oystercatchers and hear the call of the eider ducks. Contact staff to help you plan or make a visit there with your pupils.
Isle of May NNR is a magical mix of sea birds, seals and smugglers. See and hear it without leaving the classroom with the virtual tour. Those who can make the visit will find the education materials (still relevant for CfE) helpful.
At Knockan Crag NNR learn about Scotland's story of ancient oceans, vast deserts and ice sheets, crashing continents and epic journey from pole to pole. Contact them for information on educational materials .
Loch Leven NNR is a huge expanse of open water, providing an ideal home for countless birds. Well located for many schools, Loch Leven has been the site of education projects such as Teaching in Nature (see the Loch Leven case study ) and Growing up with Loch Leven
Muir of Dinnet NNR blends woodland, heath, open water and an impressive example of nature's sculptural work, all on one site. A Muir of Dinnet education pack is available to support you to visit with your class.
In the harsh world of St Cyrus NNR , ravaged by the wind and sea, a wealth of specialist plants and animals have adapted to conditions not unlike those of a desert. Contact staff to help you plan or make your visit to St Cyrus.
Taynish NNR is a peaceful oak woodland, interspersed with grassland, heath, saltmarsh and shoreline to give a truly amazing variety of wildlife. Take inspiration from their annual Snapberry project , working with local secondary pupils.
Tentsmuir NNR exhibits a spectrum of nature from the constantly moving sand at the edge of the sea to the colourful dune heathland and inland Morton Loch. Staff are used to developing and leading a range of educational visits and offer an education pack to support you in planning your own visit.