Awards & Associations


East of England FSB Awards: Environmental / Sustainability Award Finalist


East of England Tourist Awards – Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Finalist


BIAZA Awards: Silver Award for Sustainability – Cambridge Plastic Pledge


Herts Tourism Awards: WINNER: Experience of the Year


Herts Tourism Awards: WINNER: Hidden Gem Award (Small Attraction of the Year)


SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards: Finalist                                       Green Tourism Business Scheme: Gold Award.


Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC): Quality Badge Award           BIAZA Photographic Award Winner ‘Behind the Scenes’


BIAZA Awards: Bronze Award: Education & Discovery Centre and the Ringo’s Rangers Conservation and Education Initiative.
BIAZA Awards: Bronze Award: Conservation – Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital.


Green Tourism Business Scheme: Gold Award.


BIAZA Awards: WINNER: Best Sustainable Zoo.
Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC): Quality Badge Award.


Green Tourism Business Scheme: GoldStar People’s Choice Award.
Green Tourism Business Scheme: Gold Finalist in Visitor Attraction category.


Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC): Quality Badge Award.
Green Tourism Business Scheme: Gold Award.
BIAZA Awards: WINNER: Best New Zoo Enclosure: ‘Bug City Renovation’.
BIAZA Awards: WINNER: Best PR Project: ‘Amba’s Life Saving Surgery’.


Regional Enjoy England Awards for Excellence: WINNER: Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2010.
BIAZA Awards: WINNER: Best Education Project: Schools & Educational Institutions (Small Collection) ‘The Natural World’.


BIAZA Awards: WINNER: Best Marketing Project: ‘Tiger Day’.
BIAZA Awards: COMMENDATION: Best Education Project: Schools and Educational Institutions (Small Collection) ‘The Log Pile’.




EAZA the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, represents and links over 350 member institutions in 41 countries. Formed in 1992, EAZA’s mission is to facilitate cooperation within the European zoo and aquarium community towards the goals of education, research and conservation. By ensuring that its member zoos and aquariums achieve and maintain the highest standards of care and breeding for the species they keep, EAZA empowers European citizens to learn about and contribute to global biodiversity conservation goals. It is estimated that more than 140 million people visit EAZA members each year.



The British and Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) is the professional organization representing the zoo and aquarium community in Britain and Ireland. Founded in 1966, it is a conservation, education and science wildlife charity. Today, almost all significant zoos and aquariums are members of BIAZA, which is their coordinating and representative voice.

  • More than 24 million people visit BIAZA collections every year.
  • More than 1,200,000 people come to BIAZA collections each year on an organized educational visit.
  • Over 700 projects involving research and training for research are carried out in BIAZA member collections each year, many of these measuring behaviour with the aim of improving animal welfare.
  • BIAZA members support over 700 field conservation projects contributing over £10 million per year.

We are members of both BIAZA and EAZA and actively participate within both the associations.


Cambridge Conservation Forum’s purpose is to strengthen links and develop collaborations across the diverse community of conservation practitioners and researchers based in and around  Cambridge working at local, national and international levels. Some 60 organisations based in the Cambridge area, whose primary focus is the conservation of biodiversity, are currently members of CCF including non-governmental conservation organisations, government agencies, university departments and consultancies. CCF is a founder member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), which grew out of long-standing collaborations between Cambridge Conservation Forum member organisations. These organisations remain important contributing members of CCF, as well as forging more formal working arrangements in collaborative projects as part of the CCI.



  • The LOtC Quality Badge is a national benchmark that accredits providers of learning outside the classroom offering good quality educational experiences and managing risk effectively.
  • The LOtC Quality Badge is recognised across all sectors offering LOtC experiences including overseas expeditions, adventurous activities, heritage, arts and farming and countryside so teachers only need to look for one badge when taking children out and about.
  • The LOtC Quality Badge provides assurance to teachers and parents regarding safety and the quality of learning.
  • The LOtC Quality Badge can cut red tape for teachers when planning LOtC activities.
  • Research shows that children learn best through real life experiences. Taking learning beyond the classroom walls makes learning more memorable and helps children who don’t thrive in a traditional classroom environment to achieve. 99% of teachers say that students are more animated and engaged when learning outside the classroom (Opinion matters survey on behalf of TUI Education Division, 2010)
  • LOtC is known to contribute significantly to raising standards & improving pupils’ personal, social & emotional development. It also contributes to the quality and depth of learning (OFSTED, Learning Outside the Classroom, How far should you go?, 2008)
  • LOtC is effective in delivering learning outcomes across all areas of the curriculum including literacy, numeracy, science, history, geography and IT and has the most impact when opportunities to learn outside the classroom are frequent, continuous and progressive
  • OFSTED says that LOtC is crucial to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum (response to Select Committee review, October 2010)