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Outdoor Learning in Wales

Wales is divided into three regions, each of which includes a National Park and one of the three Welsh Outdoor Charter Groups. (These are grass roots movements set up by local practitioners to help them look after their ‘office’ and are open to any practitioner operating within Wales). North Wales (the Heart of Adventure) stretches from northernmost Anglesey to the southern boundary of the rugged Snowdonia National Park; from the wild western coast of the Llyn peninsula to the English border and includes Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and northern Powys. This area has given rise to the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group. South-West Wales includes Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and of course Pembrokeshire with its glorious Coastal National Park (the only one in the UK) which is looked after by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group. South-East Wales covers the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Bridgend and southern Powys and includes the beautiful silent reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Practitioners here and from further west set up the South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group. Wales has a long tradition of providing Outdoor Learning for people of all ages and abilities. Providers here have a strong commitment to sustainability (environmental, economic and cultural) and inclusivity. They also celebrate the opportunities that a vibrant Welsh culture offers to all.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

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30 Days Wild
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30 Days Wild

The Wildlife Trusts excellent 30 Days Wild

On the eve of the UK’s most popular nature challenge, 30 Days Wild, a survey of last year’s participants reveals that listening to birdsong, exercising and eating outdoors, identifying and planting wildflowers, and going on a bug hunt, were people’s favourite ‘random acts of wildness’ last year.

30 Days Wild is a fun, annual event from The Wildlife Trusts, with more than a million participants to date. A record 650,000 people took part in 2020 alone. People are invited to sign-up and try one ‘random act of wildness’ every day, for 30 days in June. Fans join a supportive online community for inspiration, practical advice and wildlife-watching tips.

Top random acts of wildness

The Wildlife Trusts asked a 1,000 people who took part in 30 Days Wild in 2020 about their favourite random acts of wildness.  The top 10 most popular activities were:

Listening to birdsong came top – 88%

Exercising outdoors – 81%

Eating or drinking outdoors – 79%

Identifying wildflowers –  77%

Planting wildflower seeds – 71%

Going on a bug hunt –  59%

Hugging or admiring a tree –  58%

Making a wildlife home (birdbox, bee hotel) –  49%

Going barefoot on the grass or earth –  49%

Sketching, drawing or painting nature –  47%

 

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Wales Committee

Wales Co-ordinator - Craig Armiger

North Wales Chair - Jenny Wilson and Graham French (Joint)

South Wales - Tom Partridge

Mid Wales - Nick Winder

South West Wales Chair - Sam Swift

South East Wales Chair - Craig Armiger

Wales Treasurer - Sheryl Confue

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru

 

Go to the Wales Facebook page for pictures, videos, reports and updates.

 

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