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Our Year On The Coast

Posted: Wednesday 30th August 2017 by LivingSeas

Chris Baker presents a quick summary of the first year of NWWT’s exciting, youth focussed ‘Our Wild Coast’ project

It’s now just over a year since NWWT launched the Our Wild Coast project, a brand new programme aimed at helping young people in North Wales to explore our rich coastal wonderlands and showing them what they can do to help protect them. In that time we’ve worked with over 130 young people (aged 11 – 24) from schools, colleges and youth groups right across the region. Activities have included sea kayaking and coasteering on Anglesey, bushcraft training on the shores of the Menai Strait, guided walks through coastal nature reserves in Conwy and shoreline surveys and beach cleans at Talacre and Presthaven in Flintshire. Our groups have also been getting stuck into some serious wildlife conservation work both on Wildlife Trust reserves and at other sites close to where they live.

 

On Saturday 19th August, many of our 2016 / 2017 participants came together at the Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre near Caernarfon to mark the 1st anniversary of the project and also to celebrate their achievements throughout the past year. In attendance were young people from Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Holyhead High School, Menai Bridge & Bangor Scouts, Y Dref Werdd (Blaenau Ffestiniog), the Conwy Healthy Image Project and Abergele Community Action. After hearing the full report on their achievements in the morning, the participants received certificates and awards and then after lunch got kitted out to enjoy an afternoon of action-packed activities including stand-up paddle boarding and high ropes courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So where next? From September onwards, the Our Wild Coast team will be out and about with new groups of wide-eyed, enthusiastic young volunteers from communities right across North Wales. For those who have completed the project, though, the journey doesn’t end there. Project ‘alumni’ will be able to continue to assist younger, newer groups as mentors, and there will be opportunities to further their skills and training by supporting other aspects of the Wildlife Trust’s work as young volunteers. Who knows, maybe one day we will see a ‘Youth Trustee’ sitting on our governing council as a voice for the next generation of environmentalists in North Wales. Watch this space …

 

 


Chris Baker,
People & Wildlife Manager
 

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