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10 May 2017

Weekend trip opens up UK conservation opportunities and wildlife to Animal Care students

Discovering wildlife on the doorstep was the purpose of a trip to highlight conservation opportunities within the UK.

Level 2 Animal Care students enjoyed a two-night stay at Lower Glyn Farm in Monmouthshire, a sustainable campsite set in 80 acres of meadow and woodland, where they slept in Mongolian yurts.

During their weekend, students split into groups and took part in activities such as building and installing nest boxes, sampling aquatic invertebrates in the river, nature walks and identifying native tree, plant and animals.

They also enjoyed team-building exercises including building campfires, preparing food, games and bat detecting.

The trip formed part of the students British Wildlife unit giving them the chance to appreciate the wildlife and conservation work ongoing in the UK.

Chloe Batten, Animal Care programme leader, said: “It was a really beneficial wildlife experience and improved social interaction which was fantastic.

“Following the trip, applications for our Level 3 course increased, which is great progression.”

Animal instructor Ryan White said the trip gave students the chance to go back to basics.

He said: “We all had a lot of sun and all the students got stuck in.

“The make-up came off, there were no hair straighteners or any Wi-Fi!”

Mike Pointing is from Hidden Valley Yurts.

He said: It was a real thrill to know that the students enjoyed themselves and got so much out of the weekend.

“As ambassadors of the college, they were second to none and can be really proud of themselves.”