Poppy Wilson, Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi, 8th-12th July 2013

My week at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre was fantastic, it was truly amazing.

I arranged for my work experience to be done in Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife during my first year of GCSEs to provide the experience of marine wildlife as in the future I would like to become a marine biologist. Throughout my week in New Quay I was lucky enough to have the weather on my side as it was a lovely sunny week. I gained a lot of experience through participating in a wide range of the activities like completing a survey on the boat which helped me understand why the sea state and wind direction was needed. Also throughout every day I was able to help take bookings for boat trips and help sell the merchandise in the visitor centre. I also did office work on the computers which included noting down the sightings that were seen the day before and publishing them on the website and on the CBMWC Facebook page. Although I didn’t get to see any harbour porpoises or any Atlantic grey seals, I was lucky enough to see bottlenose dolphins every day of my week and even witnessed a dolphin swim under a boat and forage for fish while I sat on the pier doing land watch. Everyone was friendly and willing to answer my questions.

I loved this week and I am considering volunteering in a few years. I would like to say a big thank you to Laura and the volunteers for such an amazing time.