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In 2013 the NIA – Nature Improvement Area – project was set up in north west Devon in the River Torridge catchment area to look at improving areas for nature using various techniques.


Workshops have helped teachers and students to learn about ways to understand the workings of their local landscape and the ecosystem services it offers. Workshops took the form of visits to various habitats (woods, grasslands, riverbanks, hedgerows, fields, nature reserves, farms) to learn about the plants and animals that live there, why they are important, how we can look after these places and why we need to (because of the ‘ecosystem service’ they provide).

These workshops are not currently available, but everything you need to run teacher-led activities for your school group is available in our FREE Education Pack.

Teacher's Pack

The NIA Teacher's Pack, entitled Nature Works’ contains a scheme of work with 3 lines of enquiry, plus a resources section full of materials to help support your work in schools. The pack is aimed at KS1 & 2 with ideas suitable for work at KS3 and upwards. The pack is available on CD and has been sent out to schools within or near the NIA.

Further copies are available by contacting the NIA team at Devon Wildlife Trusts Cookworthy office, on 01409 221061.

You can also contact us to request a hard copy.

Curriculum Areas include arts and sciences, geography and geology, storytelling and environmental art as well as Earth Education and environmental education activities.

Themes include Clean Air ~ Fresh Water ~ Living Land


Welcome to this pack information here

3 Lines of enquiry are available:

  • Enquiry 1 - How is the environment at Meeth Quarry being improved? here
  • Enquiry 2 - Who works at this farm? here
  • Enquiry 3 - How can we improve opportunities for wildlife in our Parish? here


For information on visiting Farms near your school visit

You can also access Devon Wildlife Trust's general learning resources for schools here...



Find out more about the Giants in the Forest partnership project, including a Youtube video showing pupils from South Tawton Primary School enjoying a story making workshop on the Tarka Trail near Torrington.

One of the 'Giants in the Forest'

The 'Giants in the Forest' project was developed further in 2014 with Beaford Arts, along the theme of  'Responding to Nature'.

This included work with local schools to have an exciting day visiting the 'Giants' on the Tarka Trail.

Learning activities included exploring the area using the senses, sharing their experiences with the 'Giants', and responding creatively to the environment they encountered.

Follow up work included poems, songs, art work, stories, sketches, etc. and these were all digitised, geotagged and added to the newly created website at - how to use this pack.docx