Friday 12th December 2014: Islands of Pembrokeshire with Steve & Anna Sutcliffe
Steve and Anna Sutcliffe the ex wardens of Skomer Island kindly delivered our Christmas lecture this year. On Friday morning we met them at Milford Haven Secondary School where they presented to a group of Welsh Baccalaureate ‘A’ level students. The audience were impressed with Anna’s bird calls and they learnt how to identify different species of gull.
On Friday evening we hosted a public lecture at Pembrokeshire College. Anna and Steve presented to a full audience and had some fascinating video footage of Manx Shearwaters.
The evening was enjoyed by all and we look forward to welcoming the audience back to our upcoming events in the New Year. We would like to thank Anna and Steve for giving up their time to deliver these two informative lectures for us.
Tuesday 2nd December – Thursday 4th December 2014
We’ve had a busy 3 days cleaning up some of the beaches in Pembrokeshire with local schools, Keep Wales Tidy and Jenny from Beachcombers Freshwater West.
On Tuesday we took over 45 pupils from year 6 in Milford Haven Junior School to Freshwater East with Mari Williams from Keep Wales Tidy and Jenny from Beachcombers Freshwater West. We managed to collect 16 bags of litter in just over an hour!
On Wednesday we took the other half of the year 6 from Milford Haven Junior School to Freshwater West with Mari and Hannah from Keep Wales Tidy and Jenny from Beachcombers Freshwater West. The team collected 12 bags of litter in an hour.
We headed to West Dale with a small group from Hakin School on Thursday. they collected 5 bags of litter and found a welly boot belonging to someone called Stu. In 3 days across 3 beaches 33 bags of rubbish were removed from the beaches. Well done to all of the pupils that participated and thanks to Mari, Hannah and Jenny for helping us out.
This year our Christmas lecture will be delivered by Anna and Steve Sutcliffe on the Islands of Pembrokeshire.
” The Pembrokeshire Islands are very varied and each has its own character and all have an important part to play in tourism, conservation and science. This lecture will look at each of the main islands in turn (except Ramsey although it will be mentioned) and describe their roles in the development of tourism in the county and the impact of the people who visit them, their conservation status and their historic and present day management. The research carried out on each island will be looked at in the context of managing the marine environment and our understanding of the feeding, breeding, dispersive and migratory behaviour of the seabirds and the impact of human behaviour and climate change. The pictures used will show the different landscapes of each of the islands and touch on their wider conservation status – they are not just seabird islands but also have a special place in the study of migration and they each touch the hearts of people in different ways.”
Wednesday 29th October 2014: Marine litter pick and beach art with Llanelli women’s aid
Thanks to funding from the Gregg’s Foundation we have teamed up with Barry John and his VC Gallery team to deliver environmental sessions followed by an art workshop. This time we were at Llansteffan beach with a group from Llanelli women’s aid. In the morning we carried out a litter pick on the beach, rock pooled and caught shrimps in our push nets. After a well deserved lunch break we met Barry and his crew from the VC Gallery for some beach art, pebble drawing and Halloween themed ‘Face Off’s’. A face off involves two people standing opposite each other with a blank canvas in front of them. They then have to draw the person opposite them in a limited amount of time. As it was coming up to Halloween the drawings needed to have a Halloween theme to them.