Get back to nature in the great outdoors and meet some of the wildlife you can find all around you on our Eco Adventure course. It’s time to leave the tablets at home!​

Nettlecombe Court lies in a secluded valley at the eastern edge of Exmoor National Park. The house is a striking example of a Tudor and Georgian country mansion set within its own grounds. The centre has excellent access to the Somerset coast as well as Exmoor National Park and The Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The centre is half an hour from Taunton and the motorway network. Taunton railway station is less than two hours from London.

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Tutor: Field Studies Council Staff

Courses are led by experienced Field Studies Council staff.

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

  • Day 1 - Into the Wilderness

Arrival 9am - (Meeting location Nettlecombe Court)

Welcome and Introduction: Familiarize yourself with your surroundings and get to know members of the group

We will adventure to the woodland nearby Nettlecombe and learn what we need for survival in the wilderness. We’ll have a go at making shelters and learn how to start campfires safely. We may even do some cooking!

We’ll also have a go at some nature-based arts and crafts using the the beautiful colours, textures and shapes found in the natural environment.

Depart 3.30pm

  • Day 2 - The Secret World of Rock Pools

Arrival 9am - (Meeting location tbc)

Visit one of our coastal rocky shore sites to explore the rock pools on this beautiful part of Somerset’s coastline. Adventurers will see what animals they can find in rock pools and learn about their amazing adaptations to a rocky shore environment. There will also be time to hunt for fossils along the beach and/or take part in a beach clean to help keep our marine life safe.

Depart 3.30pm

  • Day 3 - Nature Detectives

Arrival 9am - (Meeting location Nettlecombe Court)

Adventurers will have a chance to get up close and personal with some of the wildlife living in the grounds of Nettlecombe Court. We’ll see who’s been staying in our mammal hotels overnight, try to identify some of our common bird species, and take part in a ‘minibeast safari’.

We’ll also have a go at using tracks and signs to learn about some of our more elusive animals, and adventurers can try taking casts of footprints to take home with them.

Depart 3.30pm

  • Day 4 - Team Challenges

Arrival 9am - (Meeting location Nettlecombe Court)

Put yourself to the test with some of our team challenges. Adventurers will learn how to navigate with a compass to complete our orienteering course and have a go at our nature-based scavenger hunt.

See if your team can complete the Nettlecombe Olympics!

Goodbye to Nettlecombe Court

After a final review of everything we have achieved it will be time to say goodbye.

Depart 3.30pm





Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sun Protection
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Waterproof coat
  • Wellies/waterproof trousers (available to borrow at Nettlecombe)
  • Lunch box
  • Water bottle
  • Rucksack
  • Please wear clothes you won’t mind getting a little grubby!

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