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The Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (PCF) hosted another memorable ‘Pembrokeshire Wildlife Sightings Event’ on Wednesday 20th November at the Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College. This was the fifth wildlife sightings event organised by the PCF team and its aim was to celebrate the diversity of wildlife that Pembrokeshire has. The event worked well at raising awareness to ensure that our local environments and wildlife are cherished and protected for the future.
The event, kindly supported by The Crown Estate and The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, was a platform to update the public of the work of the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter and Marine Code groups in developing and publishing best practice advice and training for all those who wish to get out & make the most of the stunning outdoor environments and wildlife of Pembrokeshire.
Six speakers shared stories and images of their wildlife sightings in Pembrokeshire from the past year. Kate Lock presented beautiful images and spoke on the underwater wildlife of the tidal races of The Cleddau and South Pembrokeshire coast which highlighted different sponges, sea slugs, crabs, and fish living in Pembrokeshire waters. Cliff Benson shared stories, images and videos of his encounters with the species of porpoise, dolphins and whales that he has seen around the Pembrokeshire coastline. David Redhead enlightened us about the Hairstreaks of Pembrokeshire whereby several species of the butterfly are very elusive whilst others you can easily find in your garden or on a walk around Pembrokeshire if you know where to look. Marten Lewis entertained the crowds speaking about his work with the Darwin Centre and displayed images of tide pool exploration and the rocky shores of the area through the eyes of local young people. Sue Burton & Geoff Liles showed and explained why Pembrokeshire is such a great place to “Spot Otters”. They also explained some of the work being done to understand the habits and territories of our sea going otters. Julian Cremona’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and amazing imagery of dragonflies and damselflies that are easily viewed in the area thoroughly entertained the audience.
As part of the event, PCF ran a wildlife photography competition which was open to all. We would like to thank all those who entered and to CONGRATULATE the winning photos which were chosen by a panel of local judges. Prizes were kindly donated by The Port of Milford Haven.
1st Prize: Seal Pup at St. Nons- Mat Mackenzie, £60 of photographic vouchers for Celtic Vision, Narberth
2nd Prize: Snipe in Flight – Richard Crossen, a Wildlife boat trip for the family with Razorbill Ribs.
3rd Prize: Otter eating fish – Charlie Kidd, £40 of vouchers redeemable at the Torch Theatre.
David Hunter said:
‘The Wildlife Sightings was a beautifully inspirational event with the inner explorers, scientists, photographers and naturalists being brought out in us all by a host of wonderful speakers…events like this really give people the chance to gain an idea of what’s out there and more importantly give them the inspiration to go out in see it themselves, and even better find some way to give it a helping hand. Thank you Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum and all those involved.’
A member of the audience said:
‘Gets better each year’
‘As always an enjoyable, entertaining evening celebrating Pembrokeshire’s wildlife’
Wildlife Sightings Calendar for sale
The Wildlife Sightings Calendar 2014 (£5) made up of previous photo entries was also published to continue celebrating the diversity of wildlife that we are so lucky to have here in Pembrokeshire. To order one please contact the team at PCF: 01646 696134 or email@example.com. They make great presents in this festive time and all proceeds go to next year’s Wildlife sightings event.