The latest addition to the Rainbow Trails in Dyfnant Forest, Llangadfan, Powys will turn children into aspiring wildlife experts as they hunt for the animals on a new trail.
Ten woodland creatures feature in the animal puzzle trail which follows a 1km long route through Dyfnant Forest.
Children can spot the brightly painted wooden signs in the shape of each animal as they walk along the new trail.
Animals such as a squirrel, frog, stoat and owl are included in the trail and each sign has information about the animal represented to teach children about how it lives.
All the animals featured in the trail live in Dyfnant Forest so lucky children may even spot a real-life version, too.
The animal puzzle trail was developed by Forestry Commission Wales, which manages Dyfnant Forest on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, with input from the Rainbow Trails Group.
It follows part of the route of one of the Rainbow Trails - a network of paths and forest roads consisting of five horse riding routes and three carriage driving trails. As well as attracting horse riders and carriage drivers, the trails are used by local fell runners and walkers.
Local Area Manager Mike Whitley said, "Woodlands provide a stimulating outdoor learning environment and the new animal puzzle trail will help boost children’s understanding of the wide range of animals and trees that live here in Dyfnant Forest.
"This new attraction will offer a fun experience for local schools and families and we hope it will also attract more people to visit this beautiful part of the country."
As well as the new trail, children can learn about the different trees in Dyfnant Forest from five new signs that have been put up near the car park. Each sign is mounted on a post next to the relevant tree and features a picture of the tree’s foliage. By turning the sign over, children can learn more about the trees that grow in this part of Wales.
The trail was put together by Forestry Commission Wales’s local Education Officer and the animal-shaped signs were made in Forestry Commission Wales’s workshop in Dolgellau.
A leaflet about the animal puzzle trail can be picked up at the information point in Dyfnant Forest’s car park.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Forestry Commission Wales
About 14% of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.
Forestry Commission Wales provides advice on forestry policy to the Minister responsible for forestry. It provides grant aid to the private sector and regulates forestry by issuing felling licences.
Forestry Commission Wales is also part of Forestry Commission GB and contributes to the international forestry agenda.
More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on www.forestry.gov.uk/wales
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