Tilgate Nature Centre wins excellence in zoos award

Tilgate Nature Centre has received a silver award for its Tilgate Bites Home Education programme from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

During lockdown, Tilgate Nature Centre created daily home education activities to support primary science learning based on the national curriculum.

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland.

Simon Woodard, Manager of Tilgate Nature Centre, said, “We wanted to get children excited about science and wildlife during this unprecedented time. Our Education team designed a comprehensive and fun programme for children across a range of ages. We are very proud of what we have achieved, and were thrilled when the programme was recognised by BIAZA for its innovative approach. Judges particularly praised our well thought out programme design and accessible learning opportunities. We’re so pleased that we were able to help get children passionate about nature and conservation during the pandemic and we have hopefully helped to develop their love for nature for a long time to come.

Cllr Chris Mullins, said, “This is a fantastic achievement for Tilgate Nature Centre and represents the high standards of education delivered, even in exceptional circumstances. The team should be extremely proud. The award joins the gold sustainability BIAZA award won in 2020 and demonstrates how Tilgate Nature Centre and Crawley Borough Council stand with peers across the country as an example of excellence in zoos.”