The Kingfisher Award Scheme has been running in Wiltshire for 7 years and is coordinated by Alastair Brown and Jo McKenzie.

The Wiltshire KAS takes place in the surrounding countryside of the stunning Chalke Valley, which stretches from Salisbury in Wiltshire to the east across to Shaftesbury, Dorset to the west.


The 2019 theme will be ‘What Lives In and Around a Wheatfield?’

Field Day Activity Stations

Children will be engaged in three different topics as described below, each topic being subdivided into two activity stations. Activities are designed to alert children’s senses to the wildlife on the farmland around them and, quite literally, get their hands properly dirty!

  • Soil and Toil:
    Children will be examining the soil beneath their feet, finding out what makes a healthy soil and looking for the many different creatures which work hard above and below ground to keep their habitats thriving.

  • Wheat and Eats:
    This station explores what grows up out of the soil on an arable farm. We follow the process from seed to plate of one of our most important foods. We learn how crop production has changed over the years into the modern farming practices used today and why it is so important for farmers to continue to conserve wildlife habitats on their land.

  • Meet the Birds:
    A chance to get up close to live birds of prey and learn about their hunting skills and why they might favour a farmland environment. Food chains are a key part of this topic and children find out for themselves what birds like to eat and what they leave for us to find!


When the children return to their classroom after their field visit, we hope they will be brimming with ideas of what they want to research in more detail over the next few weeks and be inspired to produce an amazing display to showcase what they have learned. Our Kingfisher Award judges look forward each year to the amazing variety of eye-catching and thought-provoking presentations – they are never disappointed!

The KAS is entirely reliant on sponsorship money, charitable donations, and volunteers. If you would like to make a donation or offer your time to help please contact the FWAG SouthWest office on: 01823 660684 or email [email protected]