Outdoor education at school
If you already have a nature gaden or area at your school the Gwyl Taf team can help lead a wide range of outdoor education sessions in your designated area to improve the area or their experience outdoors. However, if you don't currently have a nature garden the Gwyl Taf team can work with you and your students to transform a small neglected area of your grounds or yard into a valuable are for both your students and the local nature to enjoy.
In previous years we have worked with Ysgol-y-graig to re-claim an old, neglected, river-side playing field from an invasion of hogweed and a fallen tree to make it a more usable space. The Gwyl Taf team cleared and processed the fallen Ash tree which was then used by the conservation club to fill a insect hotel to attract more bugs to the area.
Invasive pondweed and large amounts of silty sedimant was also cleared from a medium sized pond with help from the conservation club, a number of years in a row with signifcant benefits seen over the period of work. The number of freshwater invertebrates increased dramaticlly after the first clearance in during successive clearances we found smooth and palmate newts, frogs and toads - much to the delight of both the conservation club and the Gwyl Taf team.
The pond before the first clearance:
The pond after clearance:
As a final experience for the students we lead a river dip in the section of river just below their school. We took the bugs we caught back upto the classroom for the children to get a better look as part of the You and Your River session.