The Earl of Pembroke

As part of Seafair Haven 2014, David Lort-Phillips from the HMS Beagle Project organised for the Earl of Pembroke to visit Pembrokeshire.  Thanks to sponsorship from the Bluestone Foundation we were able to take a group of students on to this magnificent vessel for a sail around the Milford Haven Waterway and out past St Ann's Head. (more…)
Earl feature


Freshwater Exploration With Lamphey School

Tuesday 16th September 2014: Colby Woodland Gardens with Year 5 from Lamphey School.

Colby 16.09.2014 Lamphey

The National Trust at Colby Woodland Gardens kindly allow us to use their fantastic site for field trips with local schools.  Today we were working with Year 5 from Lamphey School.  We compared two different freshwater habitats: the pond and the stream.  After a busy morning of catching critters we headed back to school for a follow up workshop looking at different rivers of the world and types of pollution.  We finished the day off with a microscope session looking at all of the different animals and sketching a few of our favourites.

Lamphey freshwater workshop

University of South Wales

Thursday 11th September 2014: University of South Wales – A2 Geography Conference with Ysgol Dewi Sant.

Ysgol Dewi Sant

Geography Conference


Life Sciences Challenge 2014

Tuesday 9th September 2014: Cardiff University Life Sciences Challenge 2014.  Ysgol y Preseli V Whitchurch High School.

Ysgol y Preseli

Congratulations to Team Morgan from Ysgol y Preseli for winning the Pembrokeshire heats of the Life Sciences Challenge 2014 and going on to compete in the semi-finals against Whitchurch High School.  Team Morgan was made up of Lloyd, Hannah, Thomas and Hannah from Year 10.  They were the youngest ones to compete in the competition and they played very well against Whitchurch.  Well done Team Morgan and good luck for next year.


Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm

Friday 29th August 2014: Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm with Redhill Summer School Club.


Exploring The Preseli Hills

Friday 22nd August 2014: Exploring the Preseli hills with local naturalist Peter Brown.



We had a great afternoon with members of the public exploring the wildlife on the Preseli hills.  Peter showed us signs that sheep had been grazing in the area one such sign is the tipi shaped gauze bush pictured above.  We caught lots of different insects and spiders, looked for Sundew the insectivorous plant and walked on a pingo.

Marine Fun Day

Thursday 14th August 2014: Marine Fun Day – Dale

We once again teamed up with the crew from Dale Fort Field Studies Centre for a marine themed fun day.  The day started with a snorkelling session from Castle beach with snorkel leaders Kim and Amy from Dale FSC.  After lunch we headed down to Dale beach for some rock pooling and push netting! We saw a vast variety of creatures which included Leathery sea squirts (Styela clava), Peacock worms (Sabella pavonina), several different species of crab and fish and one very slimy Lugworm (Arenicola marina).

Snorkelling 14.08.2014Rock pooling 14.08.2014


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Exploring the preselis 22.08.2014

Life Sciences Challenge 2014

Tuesday 15th July 2014: Life Sciences Challenge 2014 at Pembrokeshire College

Life Sciences Challenge 15.07.2014

Thanks to Pembrokeshire College we hosted the Pembrokeshire Heats of the Life Sciences Challenge 2014.  This quiz was designed and delivered by PhD students and early career researchers from Cardiff University.  Teams were made of 4 keen pupils from local secondary schools.  Milford Haven School had 2 teams, Greenhill School 1 team, Ysgol Dewi Sant 2 teams, Castle School 1 team and Ysgol y Preseli 2 teams.  All 32 participants sat a short written test.  The scores of which were accumulated to give their team an overall score.  The top scoring 4 teams progressed to round 1.  Both teams from Ysgol y Preseli qualified as did Greenhill and Castle.  All 4 teams did really well and demonstrated a depth of knowledge but Team Morgan from Ysgol y Preseli won their round against Castle School and Team Meic from Ysgol y Preseli won their round against Greenhill School.  So the final round of the day consisted of both teams from Ysgol y Preseli.  Team Meic Vs Team Morgan!  It was a close game but Team Morgan won and they will now compete in the semi-finals in Cardiff on September 9th!  Congratulations to Team Morgan and well done to all of the students that participated.



Science Aglow

Friday 11th July 2014: Science Aglow – Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College

Cycle power Energy In Education

We had a great Science Aglow event in the Merlin Theatre with pupils from Haverfordwest VC, Fenton, St Aiden’s and Ysgol y Frenni.  As the Pembrokeshire representatives of the British Science Association we put on this event twice a year and invite four schools to each.  The schools take part in a round robin of workshops before presenting their science project to the Darwin team.

Tim Brew Energy In Education  Zoe from Keep Wales Tidy

The workshop providers were Tim Brew from Energy in Education who delivered sessions on renewable energy; Zoe from Keep Wales Tidy who looked at marine litter and its associated problems and Ginny and Russ from Silent World To You who brought in their fantastic selections of reptiles and creepy crawlies.

Dinner time  Ginny & Russ Silent World To YouHaverfordwest VC  Ysgol y FrenniBlisters from the cold  I'm a student get me out of here

After lunch everyone returned to the Merlin Theatre for the finale- An interactive science show with presenter Huw James.  Huw showed us the technologies used to survive out in the wilderness, this included a bug eating session!  Pupils from Ysgol y Frenni blasted one of their classmates with a leaf blower and sprayed him with water to test out a weatherproof jacket.

Testing a weatherproof coat  Science Aglow 11.07.2014

Thanks to all of the schools for coming along with their science projects and to all of the workshop providers and Huw for making the day such a success.

Wednesday 9th July 2014: Rock pooling and push netting with Ysgol Ger y Llan at St Brides Haven

rockpooling 09.07.2014