24 April update
Castleshaw valley fires now appear to be under control. No air quality issues experienced this morning. All centre activities expected to take place as scheduled.
Reports of further fires in Knott Hill area (Delph) which may affect road access if approaching centre through Delph village.
Moorland fires (23 April)
You may already be aware that Oldham Council sites went smoke free at the beginning of the month. Unfortunately the Castleshaw valley was far from smoke free this morning as the fires which began on Marsden Moor over Easter weekend had spread across to our valley. Firefighters have been working hard in the valley today and things now appear to be largely under control. There has been fairly extensive damage to the moorland at the head of the valley, but we are hoping that this has not caused major upset to some of our local ground nesting birds.
We expect activities at the centre to continue as usual, although some re-routing may be required for some of our river studies days which access the head of the valley.
New training courses added
30th April - Training for Management of visit Emergencies (MoVE)
15 May - Training for Educational/ External Visits Coordinators (EVCs)
For further details of these and other training courses, such as ITC First Aid and MiDAS minibus training, follow the Training Course dates link, or contact the office.
It 's behind you!
Last month we hosted the cast of Jack & the Beanstalk here at the centre (...oh yes we did!). Castleshaw was used as a base during both their rehearsals and performance, though we were sworn to secrecy at the time in case the paparazzi might descend, or in case people might upset the giant.
The show received excellent reviews, and the company are already planning to return again next year.
We've just aded a link to some useful resources for teachers - So far there a mixture of id charts that we commonly get asked for, and a number of links to external sites that can provide further information for follow up work back at school.