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Friday, 29 May 2015


Here at the centre we are keen to try and make a difference and Educate our visitors.  Often this difference is small but important. This week all our groups will visit Cable Bay to go Sea Level Traversing on Angelsey and as a result will have a rewarding day. However, we will also do some beach combing. 

However, not for treasure but for rubbish. 

Cable Bay is actually a clean beach to most people, but if you look closer and deeper you will find all kinds of rubbish with rope and small pieces of plastic being the main culprits. Being a bank holiday this week we also found normal rubbish ;  crisps packets, BBQ rubbish, sweet wrappers and drink bottles. 

But we are really interested in the rope and small plastic pieces as these have a effect on the Eco system of the coastline. 

Strolling through the average supermarket, shoppers find literally hundreds (if not thousands) of items to make their lives easier. Individually wrapped snack cakes, plastic baggies to store sandwiches for lunch, unbreakable soda bottles, and disposable razors, diapers, and shampoo bottles. Unless specifically requested, even the bags we use to carry home our goods are often plastic. To humans, these are items of comfort, if not necessity. But to marine animals, they can be a floating minefield.

When plastic reaches our waters, whether it be plastic bags or drifting fish nets, it poses a threat to the animals that depend on the oceans for food. To a sea turtle, a floating plastic bag looks like a jellyfish. And plastic pellets--the small hard pieces of plastic from which plastic products are made--look like fish eggs to seabirds. Drifting nets entangle birds, fish and mammals, making it difficult, if not impossible to move or eat. As our consumption of plastic mounts, so too does the danger to marine life.

Plastic pellets are often mistaken by sea turtles as authentic food. Clogging their intestines, and missing out on vital nutrients, the turtles starve to death. Seabirds undergo a similar ordeal, mistaking the pellets for fish eggs, small crab and other prey, sometimes even feeding the pellets to their young.  These small plastic particles have been found in the stomachs of 63 of the world's approximately 250 species of seabirds.

Plastic remains floating on the surface of the sea, the same place where many genuine food sources lie--and can remain so for 400 years.

The pictures show what we managed to clear  with 4 groups ( on different days ) in 15 minutes each day.  It may not look like a lot but by doing this every time we go to the beach we are ensuring this beach becomes pristine and giving something back.

Of course once a storm comes in then the beach will have other new items deposited, then it will be out job to clear up again. Its a constant process but a very important process.

Cable Bay rubbish collection by Blue Peris Outdoor Education pupils
Cable Bay rubbish collection by Blue Peris Outdoor Education pupils

80% of marine litter is plastic. Litter ends up in the oceans when
  • People go to the beach, have a picnic or bbq and litter blows into the water.
  • Litter dropped on the ground is washed into storm drains eventually ending up in the oceans.
  • Winds blow garbage from landfills into the oceans.
  • People throw garbage (like old tires) into the sea (illegal dumping).
  • Accidental container ship spills during storms (hurricanes, typhoons).
  • Visitors do not clear their litter from the beach

Cable Bay rubbish collection by Blue Peris Outdoor Education pupils

Monday, 25 May 2015


Last week we had 46 year 6 pupils in and they all went home happy and tired. 

Here they are on the way to the coach all smiles 

What amazed me last week was the fact these 9-10 year olds participated in so many adventurous activities and challenged themselves. 

Well done

Outdoor Education In North Wales at Blue Peris Mountain Centre

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Haf o hyd

Diwrnod tipyn sychach heddiw i’n gwesteion blwydd 6. ‘Roedd hi braidd yn oeraidd yn y gwynt diog ‘na bore ‘ma, ond buan y daeth yr haul allan i godi calonnau pawb. ‘Roedd hi’n ddiwrnod prysur iawn, gyda 3 grwp yn dringo a canwio, a dau grwp arall allan yn y mynyddoedd.

Dringo ar graig yr undeb.

Hwyl yr wyl ar Lyn Padarn

Allan ar y bryniau ochrau Penmaenmawr.

Aber afon conwy yn y cefndir.

Ar ben eu digon!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Mixture of activities before final day!

Today one of our year 9 groups took shelter from the rain in the Mines, whilst two groups was immersed in the Welsh Sea all day and one group participated in Sea Level Traversing at Porth Dafarch!

Now the groups are back from activities the sun is shining! and its ready for dinner

Jumping into the sea at Porth Dafarch whilst at Blue Peris Outdoor Education Centre

Fantastic photo of the SLT group -whilst at Blue Peris Outdoor Education Centre

Goups participating in a Tyrolean at Porth Dafarch-whilst at Blue Peris Outdoor Education Centre

Sea Level Traversing at Porth Dafarch-whilst at Blue Peris Outdoor Education Centre

Mining in Rhiwbach -whilst at Blue Peris Outdoor Education Centre

Jumping in at Porth Dafarch-whilst at Blue Peris Outdoor Education Centre

Beautiful photo of Porth Dafarch-whilst at Blue Peris Outdoor Education Centre

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Ain't no mountain high enough Ain't no valley low enough Ain't no river wild enough

Well, technically it's a tidal strait, but hey it's known as Afon Menai by the locals, that's close enough to a river for me.

Welcome to sunny wales today for Part 1 of our mountain vs canoeing days this week for the Blue Peris Year 9s  (look out for part 2 on Friday). Perfect day for an adventure on the Tryfan for groups 1 and 2, perfect day for a paddle on the Menai Straight for groups 3 & 4.

The White Peris team were also out and about for a bit of sea level action on the west coast of Anglesey down at Porth Trecastell.

She's got long arms, I’m telling the truth.
They’ll go round the world and bring everyone together.
She’s got clean hands for lighting many fires.

Just like summer in the middle of winter.

A warm sanctuary, away from the world.

Being carried by the flow.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Tropical Tuesday

The weather has once again amazed us all at Blue Peris. The year 9's were expecting a far more overcast and windy day today, but instead the sun shone down on them all ( except for those in the Afon Ddu, which was in the shade!).
Two of the groups went out rock climbing for the whole day, with one visiting Lion rock, whilst the other group managed to go much further afield to the Upper Tier Tremadog. This really is an amazing venue to visit, and the group had a very enjoyable time ( they were all very excited when they got back), Whilst the other two groups had a very wet day in the Afon Ddu, with lots of climbing and scrambling over and through rocks and waterfalls. The weather is looking even better tomorrow, so lets see what else we can fit.
Some very committed climbers.

Lowering off at Lion Rock

You can just about make out someone in the back of the waterfall!

A very wet, but very happy student.

Traversing the waterfall.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Fantastic first day for our Year 9's

This week is a busy one with two schools in and over 40 year 9 students taking over Blue Peris. Today, the year 9's took part in various activities including Gorge walking in the Afon Ddu and Rock climbing in the Dinorwic Slate Quarries and at our local crag, Yellow walls. It's nice to see some sunshine today, hopefully this continues throughout the week. Roll on tomorrow...

Rock climbing at our local crag, Yellow walls

Belaying each other at Yellow walls

Someone falling in at the Afon Ddu Gorge!

Abseiling down after climbing at Yellow walls

Rock climbing on the Dinorwic slate at Bus Stop Quarry

Sunday, 10 May 2015

4 seasons

The course this week have dealt with  everything the Welsh weather could throw their way.  As a result they had to work hard to keep organised, stay focused and be determined so huge credit must go to all students and visiting staff.

Gorge Walking in Afon Ddu-North Wales

Out at Cable Bay on Angelsey Sea Level Traversing

On the way upto Rhiwbach Mine to go underground

Time to relax on the last day and lets build a volcano !

Yes that is correct a volcano ! might as well cook some marshmellows

Sea Level Traversing at Cable Bay such a cool activity was on phrase used

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Year 8's final day with Blue Peris

Final goodbye's were said yesterday as the year 8's took part in their last activity of a fantastic week; gorge walking, canoeing and rock climbing. Despite the consistent rain and wind, the group's enthusiasm and encouragement thrived, which led to a successful week and a lot of happy faces! This is just one example of how the student's themselves influence the success of the week, despite being exposed to some of North Wales' harshest conditions. Well done year 8's- have a safe trip back home!
Group 1 in the gorge; Afon Ddu

Water levels were high in the Afon Ddu, so the group got to experience the 'big' slide

Group 3 encouraging others to jump on the traverse

Group 3 beside the 'big' slide in Afon Ddu gorge

Group 4 having a rest before continuing their canoe journey on Llyn Padarn

Group 2 enjoying the slide in Afon Ddu gorge

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

What a wild day today was! The students still braved the elements to take on some of Wales' most scenic locations. With high winds and sideways rain it wasn't surprising that nothing else was to be seen aside from the toughest of Welsh Mountain Sheep! Two of the group's tackled Foel Ganol, one of Snowdonia's most northern summits, whilst the other two negotiated their way through the boggy terrain during their ascent of Crimpiau.

No need for hair jel in this wind!

A view of the sea from Foel Ganol 
The sun came out for the decent 

On the way to the beautiful Aber Falls 

You're never too old for poo sticks