External Links: farms & animals

Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. Contact with and care of animals is a great way to develop skills of compassion and empathy, and an understanding of where what we eat comes from is acknowledged to be an important lesson in respect for our food, and the wider environment.

We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on farms & animals, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.

Click on a tab to see the links in that section.

We do our best to keep these links up to date. If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email share@muddyfaces.co.uk with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.

Care Farming UK

Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices, providing health, social or educational care services for one or a range of vulnerable groups of people

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CLA Charitable Trust

Grant-making trust founded to encourage landowners to provide opportunities for the disabled and disadvantaged on their property. Support Farms for City Children & others.

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Country Trust

Bringing alive the working countryside for children least able to access it through farm visits, residentials & resources.

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Farms for City Children

Offers urban children the chance to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside. Founded by children’s author Michael Morpurgo.

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Let Nature Feed Your Senses

Encourages people of all ages and abilities to take part in sensory-rich visits on farms, city farms & nature reserves, to explore and enjoy food, farming and nature. Online resources too.

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Countryside Classroom

Aim to inspire and enable teachers to use food, farming and the natural environment more often, in and out of the classroom – with tons of resources to support this.

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LEAF Education

Educating children & young people about food & farming in a sustainable countryside – tons of great resources, info, links, free downloads, packs and activities – this site is really worth browse!

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Social Farms and Gardens

Supports, represents and promotes community-managed farms and gardens across the UK, lots of resources, find your local city farm, and an Access To Farms partner.

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LEAF: Linking Environment And Farming

Promote sustainable agriculture & build public understanding of food and farming. Check out Open Farm Sundays & year-round visits to national network of Demonstration Farms.

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National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs

630+ clubs, dedicated to supporting young people in agriculture and the countryside. “You don’t need to be involved in farming to be a Young Farmer – just someone who appreciates the countryside and enjoys rural life.”

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Royal Highland Education Trust

For every child in Scotland to learn about food, farming and the countryside, and to create a wider understanding of the environmental, economic and social realities of rural Scotland.

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School Farms Network

More than 110 schools with farms receive support and assistance, networking and exchange of ideas and information, including peer teacher support. Part of Social Farms and Gardens.

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Why Farming Matters

Described as “the most significant development in teaching materials on farming for many years.” Resources for primary & secondary school pupils. From LEAF.

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Animal Corner: Farm Animals

Simple info, including behaviour, use & historical background, on sheep, pigs, cows, goats, ducks, llamas, chickens and horses.

British Alpaca Society

Dedicated to the welfare of alpacas: provides information, support and events and the aptly-named Alpacapedia – full of useful info.

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British Beekeepers Association

Promoting the craft of beekeeping and the importance of honey bees in the environment. Informative section about keeping bees in schools.

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British Coloured Sheep Breeders Association

Raising the profile of coloured sheep; loads of info about many breeds, their fleeces & use, events & news.

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British Goat Society

Sharing info on breeds, care, farming & welfare, etc.

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British Lop Pig Society

Represents the interests of owners, breeders and consumers in championing the British Lop Pig, one of the rarest of native pig breeds.

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Keeping Chickens: A Beginners Guide

“The definitive beginners guide to keeping our feathered friends.” Everything you need to know, from choosing, housing, feeding and caring for chickens.

NSA Next Generation

The National Sheep Association’s project dedicated to the young sheep farmers and service providers of the future.

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Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Working to conserve and protect the UK’s rare native breeds of farm animals from extinction.

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Virtual Farm Walk

Virtual farm tour with tons of useful teachers resources: visit different parts of the farm, meet the animals, look at the machinery, you can even go pond dipping! From LEAF.

CEVAS Farmer Training

The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme is nationally-recognised training for farmers who host visits from school parties.

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Farms for City Children

Offers urban children the chance to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside. Founded by children’s author Michael Morpurgo.

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Farms for Schools

Aims to ensure that school trips to farms are safe, enjoyable and educationally worthwhile. FFS members meet standards including H&S, insurance and adequate toilet & hand-washing facilities. Useful teachers guides.

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Farm Link

Exchange project educating children about farming, food production and the environment. FarmLink visits schools in the winter and schools then visit the farms in spring, summer and autumn, all linked to the National Curriculum.

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National Farm Attractions Network

250+ members, uniting the farm and rural attraction industry. Encouraging best practice and knowledge sharing, plus events and ongoing support and guidance.

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Visit My Farm

Information hub for farmers hosting school visits, and for teachers arranging school visits to farms. Useful guides & resource library for teachers.

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British Hen Welfare Trust

Education & rehousing farmed hens. “We think all laying hens deserve to enjoy natural freedoms whilst they lay tasty eggs for us to eat; that means freedom to roam on green pasture, freedom to enjoy sunshine, freedom to scratch for insects & freedom to lay an egg in a nest.”

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Compassion in World Farming

Campaign peacefully to end all factory farming practices through undercover investigations, political lobbying, campaigning and work with big business. Lots of free education resources covering all curriculum areas.

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Farm Animal Welfare Committee FAWC

Government committee advising the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales on the welfare of farmed animals.

Farming Help

Three charities working together to offer confidential help & support for farming families in crisis: 03000 111 999 (7am – 11pm).

Farm Safety Partnership

Collaboration of organisations with an influence over H&S in agriculture; members sign up to a charter to play an active role in improving farm safety.

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The membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales. “Speak for everyone who believes in a living and working countryside.”

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Community Supported Agriculture

“CSA is a partnership between farmers  consumers in which the responsibilities, risks & rewards of farming are shared.” Support, resources, info, skills exchange & training to promote a fairer, more transparent model of food production.

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Farming Futures

Addressing farming and climate change, including renewables. Fact sheets, case studies, videos, maps and events.

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Food & Farming Futures

The independent, collaborative news and information source for farming & food. Free access to authoritative research and technology transfer publications for practitioners and students.

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Skills and training for people and businesses in the land-based & environmental sector: land management and production, animal health and welfare, environmental industries.


Museum of English Rural Life

“The most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside”, in Reading.

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National Association of Agricultural Contractors NAAC

Represents contractors in the UK who supply all types of land-based services to farmers, government, local authorities, sports and recreational facilities.

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National Farmers Union NFU

“The voice of British Farming.” Back British Farming campaign builds support for the British food and farming sector; Next Generation section includes forum, programmes and grants for upcoming young farmers.

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Soil Association

The UK’s leading organisation promoting and campaigning for organic food and practical solutions to farming’s modern day challenges.

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Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food & Farming

Various campaigns and programmes including Growing Health promoting community food growing  and the Children’s Food Campaign ‘championing children’s rights, parent power and government action to improve the food environment children grow up in.’

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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

World famous animal care & re-homing centre – has lots of great educational resources.

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Cats Protection

The UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Info on dealing with the loss of a cat. Kids section has fun games and info plus how to care for and understand your cat.

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Kennel Club

Protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. Young Kennel Club is a community with info on training, agility, events, news and more.

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Pet Website

Find everything you wanted to know about dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, gerbils and mice.

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Poultry Keeper

600+ articles and many useful resources for the hobbyist interested in keeping chickens, ducks, geese and other poultry.

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Advice, support & tips on the welfare, health & needs of pets, plus training & understanding biology & behaviour. Free lesson plans etc in the Education Centre.

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For links on wildlife and wild animals go to our sustainability & nature links section

BIAZA British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Over 100 zoo and aquarium members who pride themselves on their excellent animal welfare, education and conservation work. Very useful curriculum-linked Good Zoos education resources.

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IZEA International Zoo Educators Association

Dedicated to expanding the educational impact of zoos and aquariums worldwide and to support excellence in animal care and welfare. Lots of online resources, lesson plans and more.

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Find safari & wildlife parks, plus information on animal behaviour and facts, endangered species, downloads, books and more.

Switch Zoo

Online animal games plus some useful teaching resources, lesson plans etc.

WAZA World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

WAZA members are leading zoos, aquariums, associations & other partners from around the world; united for conservation. Includes a virtual zoo to visit and Nature Connection Grants.

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ZSL Zoological Society of London

International scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals. Kids section has fun games, masks, activities & more.

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