Schools experience local wildlife for the South Hook LNG calendar competition
To help inspire children entering the competition, South Hook LNG linked up with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) and The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, inviting local schools to visit either PCNPA’s Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre at St David’s, Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, or the Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran.
St Teilo’s Catholic Primary School, Tenby was one of the first to take up the opportunity, visiting the award winning Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve in Cilgerran. The children had a great day out away from the classroom, pond dipping and exploring one of the many wildlife trails around the reserve, creating imaginative woodland crowns and talking about the various bird, bat and owl boxes distributed through the trees.
Nia Stephens, People and Wildlife Officer, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, said “The Wildlife Trust manages fourteen reserves in Pembrokeshire, covering a vast array of habitats and wildlife species, from mud banks and reed beds, ancient trees and wildflowers, to small mammals and invertebrates; this County has so much to offer.” Nia continued, “It was great to meet the children and staff from St Teilo’s School and to share some of the experiences with the children. South Hook LNG’s competition is a great opportunity for local schoolchildren to experience our County’s wildlife and I look forward to seeing the entries.”
Over the coming weeks, schools from across the County will be heading out on similar visits, using the opportunity to research topics for the South Hook LNG 2017 calendar competition.
Judging of the competition will be held during November, with the help of representatives from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
Photo caption: Children from St Teilo’s Catholic Primary School, Nia Stephens and volunteers from The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales with Carol Lewis from South Hook LNG.