Gower Society Youth

We run monthly activities for 4-16 year olds around the Gower Lordship. These activities aim to introduce new ways for children to explore and engage with the Gower countryside. All activities are free, funded by The Gower Society, and based at a different location each month. They range from river dipping and butterfly hunts to woodland adventures and pirate days.

The list of Gower Society Youth activities below is updated regularly so please check for changes. All activities will also be published in the Gower Society programme and on the Gower Society web site. http://www.gowersociety.org.uk

We have started a Gower Society Youth Facebook page. It is a members only page so to see photos of the activities and what is going on so find us on Facebook and like our page. Gower Society Youth has also started an older section for 11+ called Gower Adventurers These sessions will involve children being left with a leader. The aim is then to teach the young people skills to help them become better explorers and discerning users of the countryside.

Contact Nature Days if you would like to become a member of GSY's Gower Adventurers.

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GSY Spring flower hunt. - 23/04/2022

Join the Gower Society Youth for a walk through Oxwich nature reserve looking for spring flowers. Find out why spring flowers grow and how to identify native species of spring flowers like bluebells, wild garlic, and primroses. We will also have a look in the pond for any spring emerging animas like newts and dragonfly nymphs.

MEET 10am – 12pm, Oxwich NNR, At the entrance to the car park.

Directions:

Follow the south Gower past Parkmill and up the hill. Turn left towards Oxwich and then left into the car park, there is a charge. Meet by the entrance to the dunes close to the entrance to the car park.

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GSY Exploring South Gower Caves - 19/03/2022

Join the Gower Society youth to explore the amazing caves along the south Gower cliffs, including Paviland and if time, other caves, and some amazing views of this most scenic of coastlines. Suitable for families with children capable of a sizeable walk, 4Km and scramble down the cliffs. Wear suitable sturdy footwear and bring a drink and snack in a backpack.

MEET 12pm–12noon, Pilton Green.

Directions:
From Scurlage follow the B4247 toward Rhossili. After 2km look on the right for the Pilton green turning. Park on the side of the track.

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GSY Winter wetland bird watch - 12/02/2022

We will walk down to the bird hides in the woods at Whitford. Watching over the marsh of Cwm ivy we will look out for winter wetland birds such ad little egrets, grey heron, lapwing, curlew and if we are really lucky a hen harrier. The is also the possibility of seeing starling a murmuration. Bring some binoculars and wrap up warm. Suitable for families.

MEET 10am – 12pm Cwm ivy and Whitford car park.

Directions:
Follow the B4271 (North Gower road) to Llanrhidian then follow the signs to Cheriton and Llanmadoc. Once through Llanmadoc the road splits, keep right towards Cwm Ivy and turn off right into the car park for Whiteford sands. Car park costs £1.
Grid Ref: 440 935

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GSY Christmas crafts in the woods - 27/11/2021

Using the natural materials in the woods we will make Christmas decorations such as wood cookie tree decorations, twig tree decorations, willow stars, painting pinecones, wreaths, garlands and candle holders.
There will be mulled wine and punch available but please bring your own cup!
We will be in the roundhouse at Moorlakes so there will be shelter and a fire but please wrap up warm and wear wellies.

Tickets available here:
10am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/193589380047
12:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/193595598647
2:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/193597945667

MEET 10am to 4pm, Moorlakes scout camp site, Fairwood common.

Directions:
Follow the south Gower past the airport away from Swansea. After crossing the runway on the right is my GSY flag next to a gate. Go through the open gate. Go down the length of the runway to the fence. Turn left then follow the fence around until you get to my Nature Days flag, turn left over the cattle grid and through the site gate. Carpark is to the right. Suitable for families.

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GSY Wonderful weather - 16/10/2021

Learn the names of the different types of clouds. Use them to predict the weather. Kite making and flying. Water rockets and air rockets.
Can you defend Swansea from rising sea level from global climate change.
Suitable for families.

Directions:
Along the Oystermouth road turn into the carp park opposite the Sketty road junction. Meet on the beach under the cycle path.

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GSY autumn woodland walk and forage. - 18/09/2021

Our next GSY activity is on Saturday 18th September we will be going on an autumn woodland and foraging walk. We will be walking through the beech woods of Clyne valley country park to see what is abundant for foraging and also look at the colours created by the start of the autumn season. Learn why leaves change colour in autumn and explore what autumn seeds and berries are out this time of year. Do some seed collecting to plant and grow your own sapling and learn how to eat the wild food of the season.

Meet at 10am at the Railway Inn car park Killay.

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Gower Society Youth Christmas crafts. - 28/11/2020

Gower Society Youth Christmas Crafts.
Using the natural materials in the woods we will make Christmas decorations such as wood cookie tree decorations, twig tree decorations, willow stars, painting pine cones, wreaths, garlands and candle holders.
There will be mulled wine and punch available but please bring your own cup!
This event will be a bit different to usual.
First there will be time slots so that we can maximise the number of attendees so make sure you pick an hour and a half slot between 12pm and 4pm when you book a ticket.
We will be in the roundhouse at Moorlakes so there will be shelter and a fire but please wrap up warm and wear wellies.
All Covid guidance will be followed and hand washing and gel will be available.
I hope to see as many people as we can at this last GSY event of the year.
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Colours of Autumn - 17/10/2020

Explore the changing colours of autumn. We will be collecting leaves and creating art with our finds.
Our next Gower Society Youth activity will be looking at the colours of Autumn.
Join us in Clyne Gardens – meet at the entrance from Oystermouth road at 2pm.
We will take a walk around the gardens collecting coloured leaves. Then we will create transient art on the grass with our leaves. Can we make a rainbow, or a magic carpet? Learn why the leaves change colours in autumn and how to make dyes from nature.
Tickets are required for all attendees including adults.
As numbers are restricted to 30 due to COVID guidance please make sure you will be able to attend when purchasing a ticket.
Due to local lock down this activity will only be accessable to residents of Swansea due to the restrictions
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GSY Rockpooling and coastal foraging - 19/09/2020

Our first actual Gower Society Youth event for a while.

Saturday 19th September 1:30pm Oxwich Beach.  Meet by the boat slip.

Tickets available here.

We will be exploring rock pools for animals and finding out about coastal edibles like sea weed, razor fish.
The event will not involve any actual eating due to COVID but edibles will be pointed out and participants can take them home to cook and eat.

Please bring a bucket if you have one and a net so that the sharing of equipment can be limited.
This event is restricted to a maximum of 29 participants due to the COVID rules so please only attend if you have booked on and have a ticket from Facebook or from Dawn Thomas.

If you are not able to come to the actual event then the event will be filmed and published on Nature Days you tube channel and on the Gower Society website.

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GSY Rock pooling and coastal foraging - 20/09/2020

Due to tickets selling out for quickly for the Saturday event we will be repeating the event on the Sunday.

Sunday 20th September 2pm Oxwich beach meet by the boat slip.

Tickets available here.

We will be exploring rock pools for animals and finding out about coastal edibles like sea weed, razor fish.
The event will not involve any actual eating due to COVID but edibles will be pointed out and participants can take them home to cook and eat.

This event is restricted to a maximum of 29 participants due to the COVID rules so please only attend if you have booked on and have a ticket from Facebook or from Dawn Thomas.

If you are not able to come to the actual event then the event will be filmed and published on Nature Days you tube channel and on the Gower Society website.

 

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