Over the past few months I have been lucky enough to visit some local schools in the Welsh valleys. The workshops have been set up by passionate teachers who want to give the children a real education experience, more importantly for me its giving the children the opportunity to have the experience in the first place. This is a really tough part of my job due to having to run a business, I only wish I could visit local schools all the time and not be able to charge but it is just not viable, in many ways I rely on the professional educators who want the children to experience things slightly outside the norm, I personally want to thank them for booking us.
It is not just the teachers though, today I visited a lovely school in Seven Sisters, very small and mixed age classes, as well as being first language Welsh. I do have to apologize to them for my knowledge of Welsh, we had to muddle through in English, but it was still a lot of fun and I believe a lot of learning took place. This is where the community spirit came in, the parents helped towards the costs and as the school did not have any room to fly the birds the local rugby club gave us the pitch and stand for me to give the demonstrations on.
Some of the team took the opportunity to show off a little more due to having a stand with people watching in it, especially the Gymnogene and the Barn Owl. We got a lovely image of Tracy the Harris Hawk on the rugby posts with the children underneath. On the other side of the pitch was a beautiful sight of Early Purple Orchids which we spent some time looking at, see its not always about the birds, without the environment we wont have the wildlife.
Early purple orchids can be found in ancient woodland, grassland, hedgerows and road verges across the UK, although they are scarce in central England and areas of Scotland.
Again a big round of applause to Seven Sisters Rugby Club for all their help, if not for them we could not have had the fun we did.
It is inspiring in knowing that when communities work together well being and learning can take place, especially for the future generations who are going to play a big role in the conservation of our planet.
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Wings Of Wales was established in 2015 by conservation photographer and bird of prey handler Lewis Phillips.
Bird of prey flying team, based in the stunning region of the Brecon Beacons.