Courses and Events

Newton Field Centre runs short courses, covering a range of environmental subjects within the science curriculum, for primary and secondary schools. Occasional weekend and evening courses for the public are offered on a variety of subjects, including natural history, nature conservation and habitat management, art and crafts.

Fieldwork opportunities for schools


We have easy access to a private grassland nature reserve, an old churchyard, ponds, the River Ise (SSSI), farmland, and mature deciduous woodland.

Our classroom is fully equipped with field studies equipment, laboratory equipment and art materials.

NFC staff are experienced, trained teachers with excellent local knowledge.

Fieldwork opportunities for KS2

Our one-day courses are tailored to the requirements of each school after discussion with class teachers and are designed to involve lots of hands on learning and collection of ‘real’ data for science and geography enquiries.

Popular options include:

Rocks and Soils

Students observe, handle, test and identify a selection of local and contrasting rock samples. Examples of different local rocks are found and soil samples collected from molehills in nearby fields. Soil components and soil animals are viewed with microscopes. Simple experiments to compare plant growth on different soils or to compare drainage and texture of different soils are carried out.

River Geography and Freshwater Invertebrates

Pupils take measurements that can be used to map a meander, draw a river profile and calculate stream speed in a pool and riffle. They can find out more about wildlife in and around the river by searching for information cards in the nature reserve. After lunch pupils sort, observe and identify a sample of invertebrates from the river using microscopes and keys or identification charts. Class results are used to assess water quality in the river.

Habitat investigations (grassland, woodland or freshwater)

These can include whatever is most relevant for the class concerned. For example plant and invertebrate sampling, classification and identification, comparison of different habitats, environmental measurements, food chains, flower structure, seed dispersal, adaptations, simple behaviour experiments, drawing from life.

Fieldwork opportunities for A Level Biology

Courses range from one to three days and are tailored to the requirements of each school after discussion with class teachers. Popular options include:

Comparison of vegetation in different areas of Millrace Grassland Nature Reserve.

This includes an introduction to the reserve, reasons for creating the reserve and management issues. Broad-leaved plants are sampled in contrasting sites using quadrats. Relevant abiotic measurements are made. Results are collated, discussed and compared using a suitable statistical test. Simpson’s index can be used to compare plant diversity in different locations. If time and weather permit invertebrate sampling can also be carried out.

Sampling along a belt transect

This includes estimating percentage cover of named plant species along a transect and measurement of relevant abiotic factors. Data collected can be displayed as kite diagrams and analysed using the Spearman Rank Test.

Using freshwater invertebrates to assess water quality in the River Ise

This includes an introduction to the River Ise (a Site of Special Scientific Interest at this location), measures in place to protect the SSSI, kick sampling for invertebrates, measurement of relevant abiotic factors, invertebrate classification, use of dichotomous keys, use of the Lincoln Quality Index to assess water quality and discussion of results.

Short investigations (AQA)

These provide the opportunity to consider a range of ecological principles and use a variety of sampling techniques to collect data suitable for analysis using Spearman Rank Correlation, Standard error and confidence limits and Chi-squared test.

Individual investigations (Edexcel)

Data collection for practical tasks (OCR)

Courses and Events for the Public 2015


31st January 10 am-3pm Winter Work Party in Millrace Grassland Reserve

Scrub clearance, hedge maintenance, pond clearing). Soup and jacket potatoes available at lunchtime. Please let us know if you would like to join us to help our planning. This event will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather conditions.

Guided Walks

We will be running a series of guided walks throughout the Spring and Summer details to follow in the New Year.

Bespoke Courses and Events for Adults

We can run courses or events for up to 16 people from £200 per day. Please contact us for more information.