29th November 2013
Ysgol Glan Cleddau spent the morning cleaning up Freshwater East. They spotted a bag handle lying on the sand, on closer inspection they realised it was still attached to a giant bag which was beneath the surface. They were all determined to dig the bag out of the sand so we could dispose of it correctly.
The class worked well as a team and after half an hour of digging and pulling the class successfully pulled the bag up and emptied the rest of the sand out.
Ysgol Glan Cleddau collected 6 bags of rubbish over the course of the morning. The bags contained mostly plastic rubbish in the form of bottle tops, ear bud sticks and fishing rope. The girls found several dog poo bags that had been filled and then left on the beach!
Before leaving the beach the class filled in the giant hole that was left after removing the bag from the sand.
During our litter pick we found a lot of popped balloons attached to ribbons. When people release balloons they inevitably end up in the sea causing huge problems for marine animals. Balloons can cause several problems including stomach blockages which leads to starvation and death! The ribbons attached to the balloons cause entanglement which again can cause death of the animal. The Marine Conservation Society currently have a project called ‘Don’t Let Go’ which encourages people to find an alternative to releasing balloons and sky lanterns.
28th November 2013
At the start of November we took half of Narberth year 6 rock pooling and the other half pond dipping. We went back to the school for a follow up session on plankton and microscopes. The children learnt about food webs, adaptations and the life cycles of the creatures that we had found in the rock pools and the pond.
21st November 2013
St Mark’s helped to clean up Freshwater East thanks to Keep Wales Tidy who let us borrow their equipment. The children collected 6 bags of rubbish in just over an hour. They found several full dog poo bags as well as used nappies that had been chucked in the hedge just metres from the bin!
Mark Smith a Theoretical Physicist and keen STEM Ambassador delivered a fascinating lecture on Nuclear Fusion this morning. His captive audience were the U3A. They were engrossed in the subject at hand and they had all of their questions on nuclear energy answered by Mark.
Mark regularly does talks on Nuclear Fusion on behalf of the Darwin Centre and the British Science Association which we really appreciate. He is passionate and enthusiastic, audiences of all ages have enjoyed his presentations.
The Darwin Centre as the Pembrokeshire twig of the British Science Association teamed up with the Wales Gene Park to organise a genetics roadshow for local pupils. The event was kindly hosted by Pembrokeshire College in the Merlin Theatre. We had 3 fantastic speakers and several interesting questions from the pupils that attended.
Dr David Wilcockson is a lecturer in Aquatic Biology at Aberystwyth University. He is currently investigation biological clocks in marine organisms including the sand hopper and sea louse.
Shan Owens is the Principal Genetics Counsellor for the Hywel Dda Health Board. Her job involves counselling families that may have a genetic condition, she helps the families to understand the science of their genetic condition.
Dr Natasha de Vere is the head of science and research at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The team at the gardens have successfully DNA barcoded all of the flowering plants and conifers in Wales. They are now working on species in Scotland and England!
Many thanks to our 3 brilliant speakers who spoke at the event, to the Wales Gene Park for helping to organise the event and to Pembrokeshire College for allowing us the use of the Merlin Theatre.
Ysgol Brynconin joined the Darwin Centre and Clare Flynn from Eco Edventures for a day at Colby Woodland Gardens, a National Trust site. We explored the woods, collecting treasures along the way to use for environmental art. On our walk through the woodlands we stopped to show the children a Japanese Redwood tree. Colby is home to the tallest Japanese Redwood in the UK. The tree is 41 metres tall! They can grow to over 45 metres. This tree is native to eastern Asia where the wood is used to build ships, houses, bridges and furniture. The leaves are used to make incense.
The children spotted various types of fungus and lichen, we visited a summer bat roost and hunted for woodlice. Once our bags were full of treasures we headed back to the garden where each group made their own work of art inspired by nature. After lunch there was even time for a spot of pond dipping. The children found water scorpions, swimming mayfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs and alderfly larvae to name just a few.
Thanks to Brynconin for being such a fantastic group to work with, to the National Trust for letting us use their site and to Clare from Eco Edventures for working with us.