Now that the seasons are changing, the team have been out leading some guided walks around some of our sites in the beautiful autumn weather. We are finishing the last of the ecological surveys for this year and finishing up our fieldwork for now.
In case you missed it, we were delighted that the Ice Age Ponds project featured on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 4 Today programme on 29th September. They visited our project back in June and spent a very long evening filming with us. This footage was used as part of a short segment on the value of creating ponds at home – something we really support too.
Volunteer Drop-In Day
We want to give everyone a chance to find out what we have been up to over the last year. So, we are holding a volunteer drop-in day at Birches Nature Reserve, near Kington on Saturday 6th November from 11am – 4pm. This is a chance to see our part of the Ice Age Exhibition in Hereford, catch up on the latest research and chat to the project team.
As well as plenty of tea and cake we will be doing walks around the reserve and you can have a chance to try out our Ice Age Pond App.
Hopefully lots of you will be able to come along throughout the day. To sign up for the get together – and make sure we have enough cake – follow the Eventbrite link below: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/177263288267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ice Age Pond Geocache Trail
As part of the project we have produced a traditional geocache trail and three Earthcaches.
If you have never tried geocaching before, it is a type of giant treasure hunt. Across the world, people have been hiding tiny boxes – a cache – for other people to find. Using a smartphone or GPS you can track down the hidden boxes and tick them off on your list.
To get started simply sign up free at geocaching.com. It is a great family activity and a fun way to explore an area.
Earthcaches are not a physical item to find but rather a geological feature in the landscape and in order to claim your cache you must answer a series of questions on the feature you can see. These feature the meltwater channels and Breinton, the ponds at Kenchester and Brockhall Quarry.
For more details visit https://www.herefordshirewt.org/iceageponds/ice-age-geocache-trail
Ice Age Ponds App
Don’t forget our Ice Age Ponds app is now available to download free from the App Store or Google Play. Just search “IceAgePonds”. With the app you can visit some of the ice age ponds, take a cycle or car tour around Ice Age Herefordshire or even take a selfie with a mammoth. We would love to know what you think and see your photos, so please do share on social media #iceageponds #mammothselfie.
End of Project Conference
A date for your diaries Wednesday 2nd March. This will be our end of project conference and we will be presenting our findings and sharing our success. More details will be available nearer the time, but please do save the date and we hope you can join us – virtually or in-person.
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