Ice Age Herefordshire Exhibition

We are pleased to say that the delayed Ice Age Herefordshire exhibition will re-open in August and run until 31st October.  For full details please visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200172/history_lives_here/891/ice_age_exhibition.  We are working on making much of the exhibition available online for those not able to visit the museum in person, including fun family activities to try at home.

Once the exhibition is open you can visit and take your own #mammothselfie to share with the world.

First mammoth selfie in Hereford

Pond Survey Training dates

Although we were not able to go out and complete our planned spring pond surveys, following detailed planning and risk assessments we are now ready to go out again and complete some pond surveys.  There will be some changes to the format compared to last year, both to keep everyone safe and because people recommended ways to make the forms easier to use.  The biggest change is that we are currently limiting numbers attending these outdoor sessions to no more than 4 volunteers, depending on space available at each site, so that we can maintain social distancing throughout our session.  We have also reduced the amount of equipment people need, and brought in a more thorough cleaning of equipment and changes to our preparation methods in-line with our risk assessments.

Our first two refresher sessions will be:-

Thursday 20th August – Croft Castle 2 volunteers

Thursday 27th August – Titley Pool, 4 volunteers

These first sessions are for our volunteers who completed the pond survey training last year.  There will be more sessions announced in the next couple of weeks, as we sort out parking and access for them.

For those not able to come along we will be making our training available online through our project website, so that you can do a refresher session at home – on comfy chairs, possibly with a coffee and cake.  This will include details of the changes we have made to the forms following your feedback, and also details of how our new training sessions will run.  We will let you know when these are available to try, at present we are still getting to grips with the technology needed to do this.

Ice Age App

As part of this project we are producing an app to help visitors understand the Ice Age landscape of Herefordshire and to help guide people around 2 sites.  We are looking for people to help test and develop these apps.  We need to know if they work and if they are fun to do, so if you like apps, guided walks, and are interested in learning more about Ice Age Ponds, please get in touch (e.andrews@worc.ac.uk) and you can join our development team.

Project website and social media

We have put lots of information about our project on the main project website https://www.herefordshirewt.org/iceageponds and our own Earth Heritage Trust website https://www.earthheritagetrust.org/ice-age-ponds/. We will keep adding to this throughout the project, so please do keep visiting back to find out more about our discoveries and activities.

We are also using social media, on twitter @buildingstones or @iceageponds or @HerefordshireWT.  Instagram @earth_heritage_trust and @herefordshirewildlifetrust so please do follow us to find out what we are up to, especially now that we are visiting more sites.

I hope to see you at one of our events soon,

Beth Andrews,  Ice Age Ponds – Project Officer