Biodiversity bonanza at Aberthaw Power Station

As part of the Wales Biodiversity Week, Rhws Primary School visited Aberthaw Power Station to learn about the coast and its many different habitats and creatures. The fun day out was supported by experts from Keep Wales Tidy and the Wildlife Trust.

60 Y3 pupils began their day with a nature walk through East Aberthaw Nature Reserve, the area hosts around six guided walks throughout the summer. The team took part in a ‘big bug hunt’ identifying butterflies, beetles, birds and plants before heading to the Aberthaw Centre for Energy and the Environment.

The school children were split up in to groups and participated in five activities: moth handling, learning about bees, coastal care, iSpy from the viewing platform and flower fun on the grass.

The Wildlife Trust set a moth trap the night before the visit, this enabled the children to see the moths at close quarters and learn about the diversity of species, unique habitat and habits.

Local bee keepers and experts, Harold and Barbara Williams, provided their expertise and demonstrated how a successful hive operates, how honey is produced and how to encourage bees to gardens.

Tim Wort, from Keep Wales Tidy, talked about the local coastal animals and the importance of keeping beaches clean. Pupils were then asked to use their creativity and use litter to make a picture about plastic and waste in our oceans.

Amy Lavisher, Environmental Engineer, who organised the event, led the iSpy activity, using binoculars and telescopes to check weather conditions, count the fishermen and look at passing vessels from the viewing platform on the roof of the building. Amy commented on the activity, "It was a really busy fun-filled day, the pupils have been studying habitats as part of their curriculum so it was fantastic to be able to show them different areas of the nature reserve - woodland, grassland, lagoon, coastal, sand dunes and shore. We would like to thank The Wildlife Trust and Keep Wales Tidy who ran some of the activities and where able to give the pupils a diverse range of activities."

The Wildlife Trust and Aberthaw Power Station are hosting a special Summer Holiday bug hunt on Monday 15 August at 6pm, meeting at the bottom of Well Road, East Aberthaw.

As well as learning all about East Aberthaw's Nature Reserve and its biodiversity, children can take part in a creepy crawly challenge. It is free and suitable for everyone, so bring all the family.