Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch for all ages – Dale Fort

The Field Study Centre at Dale Fort will be running a series of Wildlife Watch events on the 2nd Saturday of each month from April through to October. Each event is around 2hrs in duration – here’s how the organiser describes it…

 

“The event is aimed at families and we will be introducing them to the microscopic life of plankton found in the seas just of the coast, as well as in the seaweed. We will be using the microscopes at the fort to look into pre-collected seawater and bits of seaweed and seeing how different (often outright bizarre) this life looks to the plants and animals that we are used to. I will also be talking about the various organisms that people find and (hopefully) getting people interested and aware of the microscopic world. Using microscopes allows people to look at some really cool and unusual animals that they would never otherwise be able to see.”

 

The scheduled dates are: 9 April, 7 May, 11 June, 9 July, 6 August, 10 September, 8 October

For more information have a look at this flier or contact the centre on 01646 636205 or via email ea.df@field.studies.council.org

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Coastlands School – Pictures from Class 2

The Gallery page has been updated with a selection of photos taken by children aged 7-8 in Class 2 of Coastlands CP School as part of the Triad project also involving children from Sageston and St.Florence CP Schools. The project required the children to take pictures in their local area then select and prepare the images for publication culminating in their appearance on this website. You can see the images on the Gallery page. Well done!

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Milford Haven road closures

The road from Dale to Milford Haven is scheduled to be closed for telecommunications work to be carried out for 5 days starting from Wednesday 9th March. The road will be closed between 09:30am and 15:00pm. More details are available in this PDF document.

This is the Notice of Closure from Pembrokeshire County Council. The following map gives an alternative route (click to enlarge)…

road_closure_map

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Carers encouraged to claim free flu jab this winter

Carers Trust have issued this advice…

"As winter approaches, we are encouraging any carers of someone who is elderly, ill or disabled to visit their GP for a free flu jab to reduce the risk to their own health — as well as the health of the person they care for.
Carers can find out if they are eligible for a flu jab via NHS Carers Direct.
Every winter, the vast majority of unpaid carers miss out on a free flu jab, despite the fact that they’re entitled to request one if they’re the main carer for someone who’s ill or disabled and whose health would be at risk if they fell ill."

For more information visit their web site http://www.carers.org/news/carers-encouraged-claim-free-flu-jab-winter

Note

Many chemists and Tesco supermarket in Haverfordwest also provide flu jabs, often with no need for an appointment.

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Proposed Marine Conservation Zone

Marine Conservation Zone – A message from Dale Community Council

The area on the front at Dale known as Dale Roads is included as one of ten chosen sites to explore in Wales as possible Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones. If established, this would have a major impact on the community and its economy – therefore you are urged to make your views known. For more information look at the notes below provided by Dale Community Council.

Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones

The Welsh Assembly Government is currently exploring the possibility of creating three or four sites to be HPMCZ’s. They have selected ten possible sites, throughout Wales, from which to choose the required three or four final preferred sites.

The difference between an MCZ (Marine Conservation Zone) and a HPMCZ (Highly protected Marine Conservation Zone) is the level of restrictions that can be placed on the area. Restrictions may include the following:-

  • No commercial or recreational fishing.
  • No catch-and-release fishing
  • No anchoring or mooring
  • No deposit of living or non-living materials
  • No building of structures
  • No access to the foreshore
  • No navigation and transit of vessels (including non motorised recreational craft such as rowing boats, kayaks, windsurfers, sailing boats

The area on the front at Dale known as Dale Roads is included as one of the ten chosen sites to explore.

Dale is a small coastal village with a fragile rural economy and relies heavily on tourism to sustain the community. The summer season is all important to the economy – our village shop has recently closed and the café has to close during the winter. Even the village pub is unable to open every day in the winter.

There are numerous diving and fishing trips based in the bay coupled with a small amount of commercial fishing. The pontoon is an attraction to visiting craft and a great source of pleasure to the many children holidaying in the village who use it for crabbing in addition to the blue flag beach. The village has some two hundred moorings, a sailing and windsurfing school and is a popular anchorage for yachts on passage. In addition the local yacht club runs a dinghy racing programme throughout the summer, as well as junior sail training and is the host club for national class championships. All these activities add to the attraction of the area for visitors and create job opportunities for residents.

Without these activities the village would be a less attractive place to visit and would struggle to remain a sustainable community – an objective clearly stated by the Welsh Assembly Government. The impact on the village could be enormous and may even cause the closure of Dale Fort if all the restrictions were applied.

It is very frustrating for us, as a Community Council, to have to use our limited resources to fight such a negative proposal. The consultation document merely explores one aspect of the area and gives no thought to the impact on residents and the economy of the area. If the Welsh Assembly Government has such a surplus of funds, we would certainly benefit from some positive help. It seems so illogical to name ten sites and use the limited resources of ten communities to fight these proposals when only three sites are required.

More information and links

Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) – Potential Site Options for Welsh Waters
Marine Conservation Zones – Map viewer

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