Chook Camp Wales 2023 | BTO


Earlier this month, BTO Youth hosted the 2023 Wales Chook Camp on the Nationwide Belief’s Stackpole Centre in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

The BTO Youth workers and volunteers have been joined by 15 younger wildlife fans aged 11–17, who arrived with an expanse of information and likewise area for studying from our skilled volunteers.

Chook Camp Wales individuals noticed Elephant Hawk-moths within the moth traps. Alicia Hayden

The primary night allowed for the campers to settle into the world and be a part of a bat speak with native bat specialist, Paul, and observe utilizing detectors on a close-by roost of Higher Horseshoe Bats. 

The subsequent day introduced with it new-found vitality, the place the group bought to find the moth species discovered of their moth traps, and put together for a Search hunt utilizing the net ID app – a little bit of wholesome competitors between campers for the possibility to win prizes!

The group noticed many seabirds, together with Puffins. Kate Fox

It was then en path to Martin’s Haven for a ship journey round Skomer Island, the place campers bought to see giant numbers of seabirds, together with Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Guillemot, Linnets, Puffins, and even some younger Gray Seals. The group subsequent travelled to Marloes seashore for a spot of lunch and rockpooling. 

Again on the lodging, campers loved a relaxing mindfulness session and have been launched to the Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS) within the area.

The day was then wrapped up with a lesson on songbird ID hosted by BTO Coaching Officer and Youth Consultant Kate, then lastly a campfire and some entertaining rounds of campfire video games – with the campers undoubtedly beating the BTO Youth workers!

Watching and drawing seabirds. Alicia Hayden

The ultimate day referred to as for a chook ringing session with licensed chook ringers Steve and John, joined by camper Izzy who’s a licensed ringer as effectively. Many chook species have been ringed, together with juvenile Robins, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, in addition to a Sedge Warbler and Track Thrush. 

The group travelled to Stack Rocks, the place a colony of Guillemots might be seen – we counted over 1,500! Drawing seabirds got here subsequent, which was led by Youth Advisory Panel member Alicia, our in-house photographer and artist. A second PoMS session was a possibility for the group to identify some smaller species and practise their pollinator monitoring expertise.

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The campers ready their very own artwork exhibition within the centre’s auditorium, with individually-made drawings and camp findings to share with relations and carers. BTO Youth workers then shared a second to thank their principal camp supporter, the Cameron Bespolka Belief. After many group images and moments of constructive reflection, the primary Chook Camp was full. 

The campers had a good time, studying extra about birds and wildlife, and sharing these experiences with like-minded younger folks. We’re off to England subsequent, so regulate the web site for an replace.

Chook Camps are made doable due to the assist of the Cameron Bespolka Belief.

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