Animal Management Students Visit Exmoor National Park
This six day trip, taking place in the run up to the Easter break, to the Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre within the National Park comprised activities such as rock climbing, horse riding and hiking across the Moors and along the Devonshire coast.
A highlight of the trip involved visiting an upland farm to look at the factors affecting hill farming in the National Park. With lively input from the farmer, Robbie Rawl, and Exmoor National Park’s Head of Education Dave Gurnett, this visit proved to be very interesting and thought-provoking for the students involved.
Another exciting highlight was visiting the ‘League Against Cruel Sports’ reserve where the students were taken on a guided walk during which they were lucky enough to spot a herd of red deer. This was followed by an afternoon visit to the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, which included a tour of the kennels and stables and a presentation by Huntsman Donald Summersgill. There was also a bird of prey presentation from local expert George Pile.
Other notable parts of the trip included visits to Ilfracombe Aquarium, Exmoor Zoo and Combe Martin Dinosaur and Wildlife Park.
In summary, the trip was a great success with all students learning a great deal about animal, wildlife and conservation issues within the National Park’s amazing variety of landscapes.