As part of National Science & Engineering Week 2014 we have invited Professor Robert Unwin the Head of Centre and Research Department of Internal Medicine at UCL to give a talk on his current research at Pembrokeshire College.
Thursday 6th February – St. Francis year 5&6
Milford Haven Port Authority have kindly sponsored us to carry out a project with their local schools exploring the Milford Haven waterway. Our first school was St. Francis who are currently studying their locality. The first stop off of the day was Black Pool Mill, here the children saw the tidal limit of the Eastern Cleddau and then measured the flow of the water using an orange. Carew Tidal Mill was our second stop of the day, here Sid showed them his fossilised mammoths tooth and measured the height of the water using his ranging pole. After lunch the children looked out from the Cleddau Bridge to the Daucleddau Estuary and the Enterprise Zone. After exploring the geology of the waterway it was time to explore the biology of it. We took the pupils to Gelliswick where they collected treasures washed up by the storm. We did two sweeps with our seine net catching a mullet and a large rock! Our final stop of the day was Milford Haven Port Authority. The pupils were given a tour of the building and were lucky enough to go up to Port Control. Assistant Harbour Master Mike Burgoyne was on hand to answer their questions and to show them how their computer systems worked. Anna and Sara showed a video in their impressive board room on the work of the Port and potential careers that are available at the Port.
Did you know that the Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s third largest Port? A quarter of the UK’S fuel needs are transported through the port and every hour the port brings in enough fuel to fill 20 swimming pools!
Many thanks to the MHPA for sponsoring a great event and thanks to Sid Howells for teaching the pupils about the geology of the waterway.
To find out more about the Milford Haven Port Authority click here.
Friday 31st January – Lydstep Haven
We teamed up with Mari Williams from Keep Wales Tidy and Castle School to carry out a full Shore Thing survey which is an initiative of the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN). Unfortunately the weather won and we had to rearrange the survey for early spring. We worked on their rock pooling and ID skills instead thus preparing them for the survey in the future. Click here to find out more about the Shore Thing survey.
After the recent stormy weather we decided to take Year 6 from Roch School to their local beach (Newgale) to help clean up some of the debris that had been washed ashore. In less than two hours they collected 13 full bags of rubbish! The majority of the rubbish was made out of plastic and included a lot of netting, bottle tops and shot gun cartridges.