The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) joined over a thousand other exhibitors in helping to make this year’s Royal Welsh Show a success – despite the event being staged in the wettest weather since its move to Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, in 1963. Supporters of the show demonstrated their loyalty by turning up in force over the four days (23rd to 26th July), boosting the attendance figure to over 200,000 by the final day.
The CEH stand contained a wealth of information about Countryside Survey. Interactive features included a soil invertebrate extraction unit and microscope; a PC with interactive tablet software (specially customised for Countryside Survey); a weather station with electronic display; a fog collector; and a large “experimental roof”, allowing visitors to simulate the effects of climate change on whole ecosystems.
The stand was managed by staff from CEH's research site in Bangor and won the runner-up prize for “Best Exhibit of Educational and Instructional Value”. It was visited by thousands of people during the course of show - including Jane Davidson, Minister for the Environment and Jane Hutt, Minister for Education - all of whom enjoyed chatting to the scientists about their work