The Barry site has a fantastic 30 acre nature reserve with an education
building suitable for school and group educational visits. This sits adjacent
to our manufacturing areas showing that wildlife and industry can coexist side
by side. The area offers some unique habitats for wildlife to
flourish. Educational visits are encouraged and we can offer activities to
support the sustainability curriculum that schools follow.
|The Education Center and open-air classroom
The sustainable education center
The center is built overlooking the large fishing ponds and can be used
by schools and local groups for environmental studies, field trips and science
With a commitment to sustainability, Dow Corning used materials from
sustainable resources wherever possible when designing and constructing the
education center. Environmental features were incorporated – for example ground
source heating and solar panels provide heat and power for the center; while
rainwater is harvested and recycled to provide a water source.
The center has achieved 'Eco Center' status (a recognized scheme run by
Keep Wales Tidy to award organizations that promote eco-friendly practices). An
Eco-Code sets out our codes of practice within the education
School trips can be accommodated at the Education Center on any weekday. We
have an education officer who is Forest School Leader trained to help
run education programs at the center. We can accept schools, colleges and
community groups from all over the region.
Explore the different activities suitable for all age ranges available at the
Education Center . Activities can be adapted or schools can develop their own
program - simply work with our education officer when you have booked your
Reserve a school or
group visit with our online registration form. Please note we require a
minimum of 3 weeks' notice for a visit. Once the form has been submitted we
will contact you to confirm dates and discuss your school's requirements.
Disabled visitors are welcomed and can be accommodated well
with easy pathways and fishing platforms.
The two large ponds provide an excellent angling facility. Fishing is
limited to members of the Glamorgan Anglers Club.
The Nature Center area is open to the local community from around the Barry
site by appointment only. Access can be granted for people to walk and observe
nature. Unfortunately, the Education Center will not be accessible. We must
limit numbers to ensure the wildlife is not disturbed and for safety reasons.
Please make an appointment with Dow Corning if you wish to visit the Nature
Center by calling 01446 732350.
Please note that since the nature area has sensitive habitats we do not
allow dogs on the reserve.
The area supports a wide range of flora and fauna in three distinct wildlife
The area is home to four species of dragonfly, while wading birds are
encouraged by the design of shallow areas in the ponds. Other species seen on
our nature reserve include otters, the harvest mouse, the Rare Bitten, bees and
butterflies. The site also offers a sheltered feeding ground for many
over-wintering species of waders, and a safe nesting site for spring
visitors.We work closely with the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales (Wildlife Trust for South and West
Wales) who help us maintain the biodiversity of the land and