Charlotte’s Swedish Adventure

This month the Elan Valley Trust's assistant land agent Charlotte Harley joined like-minded agricultural people on a two week excursion to southern Sweden. The trip had been organised by Walford and North Shropshire college under a Leonardo da Vinci mobility project funded by the EU.

Dark Skies May Update

Sky Map for mid May

With the lighter evenings, the sky chart is now displayed to view at around 21.30 BST.

Venus and Jupiter still dominate the SW and W skies, but during the first week or so of May, Mercury will be putting in an appearance in the low Western Sky. Try spotting this elusive planet by looking for the Pleiades cluster, and locating the nearby “intruder”. If using binoculars or any form of optical aid, please ensure the sun has set first, before sweeping for Mercury.

Dark Skies April Update

The chart for April shows the mid month night sky at 9.00PM.

Jupiter and Venus still dominate the evening sky, but towards the end of April, the "winged messenger", Mercury, will put in an appearance in evening twilight. Look low in the WNW sky around the 22nd April onwards for your best chance to see the "messenger" of the Gods!

Dark Skies March Update

The attached map shows the Night Sky as seen in Mid March at around 20.00hrs. By looking Southwards and holding the chart with S at the bottom, the centre of the map will show the stars overhead with the Northern sky behind you. Using the map earlier than 20.00 will mean the star patterns - Constellations, to use the correct term - will be shifted slightly to the East , while using later in the evening, the constellations will have moved more to the West.

Dark Skies February Update

The attached map shows the Night Sky as seen in Mid February at around 20.00hrs. By looking Southwards and holding the chart with S at the bottom, the centre of the map will show the stars overhead with the Northern sky behind you. Using the map earlier than 20.00 will mean the star patterns - Constellations, to use the correct term - will be shifted slightly to the East , while using later in the evening, the constellations will have moved more to the West.

BBC Top Gear comes to Elan

Top Gear film stunt on Claerwen Dam

We welcomed Richard Hammond and the Top Gear crew to Elan in September last year. As a tribute to the incredible off road capabilities of the Land Rover, a Series I vehicle winched itself up the face of Claerwen Dam, with Richard Hammond at the wheel! This feature was broadcast on the BBC during February as part of the new series of Top Gear. You can watch it here on the BBC iPlayer.

New Year: Weekend of Walks

New Year walks at Elan Valley

Reservoir Roundabout 2015 - Saturday

This annual event organised by Roy Davies and ‘The Roundabout Team’ was held on Saturday 3rd January 2015. For this event there are two routes for runners and walkers; a 13 mile trip and a 20 mile route for the braver.

With over 100 competitors the turnout was brilliant considering the wet, cold and misty weather. We want to thank our willing participants and extend our huge thanks to the volunteers and organisers for arranging the event and for the much needed refreshments provided.

Dark Skies January Update

The map shows the Night Sky as seen in Mid January at around 20.00hrs. By looking Southwards and holding the chart with S at the bottom, the centre of the map will show the stars overhead with the Northern sky behind you. Using the map earlier than 20.00 will mean the star patterns - Constellations, to use the correct term - will be shifted slightly to the East , while using later in the evening, the constellations will have moved more to the West.

WaterAid Supporters Trip: Uganda

Fiona outside a latrine in Bobol Village

Our Education Ranger Fiona Wase has recently returned from the WaterAid Supporters' Trip to Uganda. It allowed her to see first hand where money that has been generously donated in the Elan Valley has been used. For over a decade, every penny raised through events such as our Dam Open Days goes directly to support WaterAid projects in Uganda. She visited a village with a very poor quality water supply resulting in many people becoming ill every year. For these people there is simply no safe supply within walking distance.

Dark Skies December Update

The map above shows the Night Sky as seen in Mid December at around 20.00hrs. By looking Southwards and holding the chart with S at the bottom, the centre of the map will show the stars overhead with the Northern sky behind you. Using the map earlier than 20.00 will mean the star patterns - Constellations, to use the correct term - will be shifted slightly to the East , while using later in the evening, the constellations will have moved more to the West.

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