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…)
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River Sampling

Monday 26th January 2015: River sampling with A2 students from Environmental Studies at Pembrokeshire College

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Don’t forget to book your places!

Join us for the biggest Cancer Research event in Wales.  Researchers and clinicians from Cancer Research UK Cardiff Centre will be on hand to answer your questions, there will be two different talks plus interactive experience stands for you to get involved with.  Last year Cancer Research spent nearly £4 million in Wales on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.  They work in partnership with Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale Health Board and Velindre NHS Trust, focusing particularly on bowel, breast, urological and prostate cancers, as well as leukaemia.

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Wednesday 21st January 2015: St Mark’s a Pembrokeshire Outdoor School.

This academic year as well as visiting new Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools we are also revisiting some of those that had signed up previously to see how they are getting on with the project.   Our first visit was to St Mark’s School, we took their year 2 and 3 class on a mini beast hunt within the school grounds and then collected pond creatures to take back into the classroom for closer inspection under the microscopes.  Two of the pupils were lucky enough to have a chat with Gareth from Radio Pembrokeshire!  They will be on air tomorrow morning at around 10:30am.

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Climate Change

Tuesday 20th January 2015: Climate change talk with Pembrokeshire College Students.

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Materials

Thursday 8th January 2015: Year 3&4, 5&6 from Solva Community School.

Solva School are starting a new topic this term – Materials, so we spent the morning with year 3&4 and then the afternoon with year 5&6 introducing them to the topic.  The pupils learnt about different materials both natural and manmade; they thought about their different properties and uses before making their own biodegradable plastic out of milk and vinegar.

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Cancer Research event 27.02.2015

The bar opens at 6:00pm with the event starting at 6:45pm.

Islands of Pembrokeshire

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.

Marine Litter

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.  Visit our Facebook page to check out all of the photos from these busy days.  https://www.facebook.com/DarwinCentre

 

 

Our Christmas Lecture

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.”

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Lydstep Haven

Wednesday 26th November 2014: Rock pooling with Pembrokeshire College students – Lydstep Haven

Bridging group college  Crab chain

We had a successful haul from the rock pools with the students from Pembrokeshire College – 7 species of crab, 5 species of fish as well as 2 species of prawns and lots of different gastropods.

Tompot Blenny  Velvet swimming crab