KES Wildlife runs a varied programme of activities from challenging expeditions to weekly birdwatching sessions, aiming to connect pupils to the natural world through exposure to local and global wildlife.
Local destinations like Winterbourne Gardens and Birmingham’s Wildlife Conservation Park, as well as the School’s own leafy campus, provide great opportunities for boys to engage with local wildlife, birds in particular. More far-flung destinations like Madagascar, Guyana and the Galapagos have given boys inspiring experiences and exposure to exotic and sometimes entirely new species.
KES Wildlife’s Senior Expedition runs once every two years for incoming Divisions and Sixths. The expedition provides an opportunity for real adventure, as the boys take part in bona fide scientific research and tackle the challenges of living in the totally wild environments in which this kind of research is carried out. Previous expeditions have run to Madagascar, Guyana, Sulawesi, Honduras, Ecuador and the Galapagos.
The Intermediate Expedition, aimed at Fourths and Fifths, allows boys to get a good taste of European wildlife, visiting destinations such as the Biebrza and Białowieża National Parks in Poland, where they encountered animals such as bison, elk and cuckoos.
Two short trips are run every term, either for a day or overnight, giving boys the opportunity to explore the wildlife of the different regions and terrains of the UK. Destinations recently have included Slimbridge, RSPB Minsmere and Leighton Moss.
Birdwatching takes place in the KES grounds and the adjoining nature reserve on Friday mornings before school, and is an opportunity to observe local birds and other wildlife during a quiet time of day. Removes take part in similar sessions as part of their Friday Afternoon Activities, introducing them to the identification of birds by sight and sound.
The annual wildlife photography competition challenges younger boys to capture interesting shots of local wildlife. The gallery below displays collections of images from previous competitions.