The Wildlife Trust’s Voluntary Warden for Westfield Pill nature reserve, Barry Potter, has only been in position for a year and has already proven to be a great asset to the Wildlife Trust. Barry is a keen and enthusiastic conservationist and has a special interest in birds, especially that of the osprey.
He has worked on various projects for this species in the UK and is currently helping locate the proposed platform at Teifi Marshes nature reserve. Aside from this Barry has also been busy representing the Wildlife Trust at local events, promoting our name and vision to visitors to Westfield Pill nature reserve and more recently establishing a relationship with St Mary’s School in Bufferland, Pembroke Dock.
Barry is keen to educate the students of the wildlife to be found on their doorstep and has led talks, shown wildlife documentaries and along with the school children, has been busy creating a wildlife garden on the school grounds.
Recently, a team of young people from The Prince's Trust gave a generous donation of a bird table and bird boxes to the school which will not only benefit the birds but will provide pupils with the opportunity to study them more closely.
The Prince's Trust Team made the bird table and boxes while volunteering with Pembroke 21C Community Association in October. Barry, who also volunteers as a Millpond Warden with Pembroke 21C, said, “the donation will attract more birds to the garden and the children will enjoy watching them for hours”.
Mrs Nicholas, Head of St Mary’s School also added, “The children and staff are delighted that the young people have given our wildlife garden this wonderful boost”.
Future plans are to involve the school children in the management of Westfield Pill nature reserve and lead walks and talks at this site, showing them the wildlife and nature that can be found. You never know, one of them could be another Iolo Williams in the making!