Almost 200 children from North Wales got to swap their usual lessons for a day out on the Gwaenynog estate in Denbighshire last week (29 June).
The children from primary schools in Rhyl, Trelogan and Denbigh learnt about the work of a gamekeeper as well as watching gundog, falconry and ferreting demonstrations. The children also visited the estate’s dairy farm and garden and tried venison burgers provided by Willo Game.
The event was organised by retired school inspector Bruce Weston and the Gwaenynog estate gamekeeper Harold Jones. They are both members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s (BASC) North Wales committee.
Bruce said: “Although enjoyment is a primary aim of the day there is a serious educational purpose. Pupils learn that the countryside is not an environment created by nature alone. It has and is shaped by human activities. The demonstrations and activities emphasise the fundamental link between country sports and conservation and the children are shown how agricultural and sporting activities are managed to maintain and replenish resources.”