This year The Welsh Wildlife Centre has experienced a very positive response to the range of activities that have been on offer, in an effort to improve our visitor centre experience for both the local community and tourists alike.
We have had some fantastic feedback; for example the pond dipping activity held every Monday for the entire 6 week holiday period; one family member commented “ It was an excellent activity & we all (1 child & 2 adults) enjoyed the activity. The two leaders (Natalie & Elin who are volunteers) were lovely." Tuesday afternoons featured Woodland Creations…creative bush craft whereby children were led by the skilled and empowering tutor Tamsin Young. Children learned how to use tools making greenwood pencils and elderberry tribal wear. Tamsin was a very good teacher and let the kids create their own style! Brill! Achos “Gweithgareddau ardderchog!! Arweinydd gwych!”
The Arts ‘N’ Crafts programme held every Wednesday which catered for ages 2 years upwards and led by the dedicated volunteers Helen and Angela were well attended and enjoyed; in particular the clay animals and slate painting (we kept running out of slate and having to find more while the sessions were running!) provided a lot of pleasure to children and parents. “Really good craft activity for an affordable price…ideal for younger children”… “They made lovely animals with the help of friendly staff”
On Thursday afternoons the more traditional bush craft skills of making shelter and fire (by friction too!) was skilfully led by Meni Farkash . Thursday afternoons were also a platform for Open Door Productions who led an indoor wildlife puppet making workshop followed by a participative show which featured the children’s very own puppet pals. Barbara Buckman and Claire Hartley who have created a wonderful bespoke puppet show which includes a backdrop of the map of the Centre and serves to act as an amazing promotional tool by relating a story about all of the wonderful animals and habitats that exist on the reserve.
One activity often proved to be an excellent promotion for another resulting in repeat visits and the feedback doesn’t get much better than this…“Another brilliant time had by our 3 kids – the instructor (Meni) is amazing. We went to Tamsin’s Woodland Creations on Tuesday too. These 2 activities have completely made our week – thank you. Worth the long drive from Cornwall – we’ll be back!” and “ This is the second time and once again he (the lady’s grandson) really enjoyed it –excellent tutor! Many thanks.” Also a grandmother comments about her grand daughter’s attendance at the puppet making ..“ she enjoyed it, we have been before and she enjoyed then”
A local nursery commented “we will be attending all of the summer activities throughout the summer in Summer Club ”
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the dedicated and highly skilled facilitators and volunteers who were responsible for the delivery of this Summer Programme.
Other WWC News…
The Welsh Wildlife Centre Open Day September 8 2013 – A Day of Celebration of Communities and Nature (CAN) funded facilities and services.
On this day the local community were invited to attend The Centre for FREE in order to admire these developments which include:-
• Willow Maze
• Wicker Badger
• Improved access for wheelchair users and cyclists on our Wetland Trail. A free guided walk on the trail will also be available.
• A bespoke ‘Fairy House’ addition to our play area for tots to enjoy & unleash their imaginations
• A new WWC guide book which we will be giving away for FREE on the day!
• Picnic Shelter
• Development of a new Wildlife Garden
• Ice-cream bike
All who attended met Michelle Cain, our Willow artist and found out more about The Welsh Government Badger Vaccination Project which we are supporting through our Appeal.
There have now been four editions of a monthly SA43 E-newsletter sent to local community members who sign up for free car parking at the Centre. This essentially provides up to date information about activities and events, café and shop features as well as Teifi Marshes news. This has a current reach of 218 members and more are signing up weekly.
An Ysgol Natur Volunteer Day is happening on Saturday September 7th from 11am to 3pm. All Watch members and their families are invited to help tidy up the stone cottage which has recently been given to the group. Plenty of cake and squash for those who attend! Also the next Watch Group is due to meet on Saturday 14th September… Don’t forget your binoculars!
Watch this space for forthcoming autumn and winter events…