Ryan Eddowes, a third year Zoology with Herpetology student at Bangor University, recently made a film as part of his third year dissertation, which aims to encourage people to re-connect back to the natural world, through visiting botanical gardens like Treborth in Bangor.
Ryan said: “I wanted to include a range of my passions education, wildlife, wildlife filmmaking, science communication and public awareness with this is mind I produced a wildlife documentary about wildlife and plants at Treborth Botanical Gardens in North Wales.
“My dissertation researches into how humans are having an impact-on Earths biodiversity, and what we can do to prevent further damages such recycling plastics and other un-biodegradable materials, find alternatives such as paper straws, to renewable energy and the main factor in the long term, is education.
“The research I gathered found that by encouraging the younger generation to re-connect with nature and for schools to create lessons outside rather than in the class room environment, not only do the students grades improve but their health and natural curiosity improves, by teaching them about the environment and what impacts we have on it and what we can do as individuals and communities, they will all be more environment friendly and pioneers for the next generation of Conservationist, Zoologist and Environmentalists.”
Treborth Botanic Garden covers an area of 18 hectares on the shores of the Menai Strait and has been owned by Bangor University since 1960. The garden comprises 15ha of native woodland, 2ha of species rich unimproved grassland and 1ha managed orchard and many mature trees and shrubs.
There are also six glasshouses of varying temperatures, with special collections including orchids, cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants. The outside garden has free access to the public at all times and the glasshouses are open at selected times when staff or volunteers are present.