Thousands of children will get closer to Conwy’s wildlife thanks to the reserve’s new wetland exploration area
The Mayor and Mayoress of Conwy, Cllr Bill Chapman and Mrs Pat Chapman, joined children from a new Llandudno Junction school on 28 September to open an exciting new wetland exploration area at RSPB Conwy.
Pupils from Ysgol Awel y Mynydd primary school were the first to enjoy a pond-dipping session at the nature reserve after a new area was built by RSPB volunteers and local contractor Kehoe Countryside Ltd. The education area includes a new boardwalk and a wooden seating area where children and families can get together to examine the natural treasures they find living in the pond.
The exploration area was built last winter to allow more children to enjoy the copious wildlife living at RSPB Conwy and to increase the number of events hosted at the popular nature reserve. Over the spring and summer months, a whole host of wildlife has found its way into the wetland, with newts, frogs, common darter dragonflies and pond-skaters already among the animals enjoying their new home.
The project was funded by players of the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, and donations from two local families, who were at the opening last Thursday.
RSPB Conwy Reserve Manager, Julian Hughes, said “We would like the nature reserve to be synonymous with active fun in a beautiful location, a place where school groups and families can enjoy a day out in the great outdoors. We are extremely grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for helping us realise our vision of making RSPB Conwy a place where young people and nature can come together.”
Big Lottery Fund’s Developing Local Knowledge Officer, Gareth Hughes, said: “It’s great to see the local community already benefiting from this project, and I look forward to hearing about many more schools, youth groups and local families discovering the wonders of nature in this wonderful setting”
Mayor of Conwy, Cllr Bill Chapman, said: “I have followed the development of this reserve from the very beginning, and remember this location as a dirty, brown lunar landscape. I have watched it grow and develop. The team of staff and volunteers deserve praise for their continual innovation. They are never content to sit on their laurels, and there is always something new happening at the reserve. The RSPB in Wales deserves praise too for its respect for the Welsh language.”
RSPB Conwy is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Pond-dipping is a popular activity for children’s birthday parties at the reserve, as well as organised school visits. Bookings are now being taken from schools for the remainder of autumn term and for 2018. Teachers can contact the reserve on 01492 584091 to arrange a visit, which is free for primary schools in North Wales until July 2018.
Last Updated: Friday 29 September 2017