For the past couple of weeks, I have been in Wales, getting familiar with the Fforest Fawr Geopark within the Brecon Beacons and it’s people. The purpose of my trip was twofold: First of all, I needed to experience something new, have a break from it all and just unwind. And secondly, as I work with a Danish Geopark in the making, I wanted to experience how they had done it elsewhere, and perhaps pick up some tips and tricks.
I stayed with locals using Airbnb, travelled around with public transport, tasted local food, attempted to speak Welsh though my success was rather limited, alas. I visited and took notes at visitor centres, churches, museums and other places of interest – and took a lot of pictures of displays and solutions to interpretation challenges.
Furthermore, I had the chance to once again visit Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, go for a few nice long walks, learn more about the geology of my favourite place and well, get stung by some 8 foot high nettles behind a quarry somewhere.
It was a really nice trip, even though I missed my return flight and had to go via Hamburg and sit someplace silly in a railway station at 3am in the morning waiting for a connecting train. I will sort through some pictures and upload a few for you soon.
My internship has been really interesting so far, and I have had the opportunity to work with many different tasks which is really nice – and also means that I am kept fairly busy.
I have been involved with fundraising, project development, facilitation, heritage dissemination, rural development, research and a heap of project secretary tasks, newsletter production, blogging and human resource management.
I’m learning a lot, meeting so many nice people and making a few mistakes here and there as well. That’s life though.
I am currently working with fundraising tasks for Geopark Vestjylland as well as working with them to meet the criteria to be UNESCO certified through EGN/GGN. It’s extremely interesting to learn about geomorphology and geotourism, as well as having the opportunity to get to know people so engaged in the heritage of exactly my region.
I have to create a project for my University College also this spring, and with my boss I have decided that I’m going to be working on an effect measuring model specifically designed for this Geopark. It will include determining the baseline for several parameters, both some that are very important with regards to the EGN application but also economic development, level of awareness, synergies with other nature areas, infrastructure improvements and local pride.
It will be interesting to see what is possible to measure directly as well as how these measurements can be designed. It’s also going to be necessary to make qualified predictions and project some short-term effects into the future.
I can’t wait to get started!
I will leave you with a picture of the coastline at Bovbjerg, an up to 35 metres high cliff with Elster, Saale and Weichsel deposits where especially the exposed cross section in the Weichselian stationary line is of interest.