Monthly Archives: August 2015

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS: Cyclists Take On Paris To Swansea Ride For The Environment Centre

EC20 PARIS-SWANSEA BIKE RIDE 2ND-8TH AUGUST 2015

A small group of intrepid Environment Centre members and friends cycled 450 miles in just under a week to raise money for us.

The cycling team consisted of Helen Davies, Nick Guy, Rachel Elliot, Alan Kreppel, John Sayce, Brian Pawson, Scott Fisher and Patrick Tribe.

Their “Go Green – Cycle To Swansea” T-Shirts were sponsored by Schmoos Cycle Shop.

They started their epic journey at the Arc De Triomphe in Paris on 2nd August 2015.

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Their journey took them from Paris to Evrieux and then through Normandy, before catching the Le Havre-Portsmouth ferry on the evening of Tuesday 5th August.

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The ride continued via Salisbury, Bristol, Cardiff and onto Swansea. The team arrived in Swansea on Saturday 8th August in time  for the launch of the Gower Cycling Festival and a special welcome home at the Vivian Hall, Blackpill at 2pm.

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Local beauty pageant finalist Miss Earth Swansea, Gemma Brown also supported the cause and said “I think the environment centre is a great charity to be working so closely with. It really is an honour for me to be involved. I think the Paris – Swansea cycle ride is absolutely amazing and I take my hat off to everyone who took part. I’m sure they will all do fab and make everyone very proud.”

There were regular updates on our Blog pages http://blog.environmentcentre.org.uk

The riders and the Centre would like to thank everyone who sponsored them.

So far, they have raised over £2,300. Still a way to go to make our £3,000 target though….

By the way, it is not too late to do so, just go to our donations page HERE

Paddle, ride or walk on the wild side at WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre

With a few weeks left of the summer holidays, why not jump aboard a canoe safari, ride a bike through an exciting wildlife trail or simply get outdoors and experience the wild side of life at Llanelli Wetland Centre?

The free kilometre-long canoe safari is a great way of experiencing wetland wildlife at eye level, giving a completely different perspective of the wonderful nature you can see. Get close to mute swans and their cygnets, dragonflies and damselflies – and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a kingfisher or a water vole!

If paddling is not your thing, there is free bike hire at the centre with cycles suitable for younger riders and toddlers. Bikes with stabilisers and toddler trailers are available on a first come, first served basis. A wonderful wildlife trail awaits you as you experience the sights and sounds of the wetlands ringing around you as you ride through the reserve.

Marketing Officer at WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Katie O’Donnell, said: “Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, WWT Llanelli is the perfect place for families to get outdoors and connect with nature. There’s so much to enjoy, with a host of unforgettable wildlife encounters, regular activities, and beautiful scenery. We also have a lovely cafe and gift shop and lots of places to enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors.

The canoe safari and bike trails are always extremely popular and offer visitors a chance to get a different perspective on the wonderful wildlife in which they are immersed – you really can get close to nature by boat and by bike!”

And for keen young adventurers, there’s a chance to become a fully-fledged Nature Explorer by completing a range of exciting activities and getting a sticker for each one completed to put in their very own passport. There’s a chance to work up to a gold sticker if they complete six out of eight activities. Highlights include pond-dipping, searching for mini-beasts and watching the flock of Caribbean flamingos and their new chicks through a telescope.

To find out more about experiencing a summer wetland adventure, log onto www.wwt.org.uk/llanelli