In September 1996 Association Ecosystem arrange in the first time the
educational trip of Russian school students and teachers to the Field Studies Council.
The group of 22 students 14-16 years old and three school teachers from Kalmikia National
Republic (South Volga region) and also two Ecosystem's teachers visited Slapton Ley Field
Centre, that is situated in the South-West England.
Located on the southern tip of the Devon Riviera, the Centre is surrounded
by the 200 hectare Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. Owned by the Whitley Wildlife
Trust and managed by the Centre, the Ley is the largest freshwater lake in the south west
and is extensively used in the courses at Slapton. The surrounding coastline and nearby
Dartmoor National Park provides unrivalled opportunities for field courses.
The National Nature Reserve comprising maritime shingle ridge, freshwater
of the Ley and deciduous woodland are within easy walking distance. The spectacular
coastline and granite tors of Dartmoor National Park are within easy traveling distance.
These provide extensive scope for investigating contemporary issues affecting the British
coastline and countryside. From rocky shores, coastal processes and management to river
catchment management to tourism in rural villages.
During our 10 days staying in the Centre we investigated broadleaved
forests, freshwater streams, Slapton Ley (lake) itself and rocky shore, including coastal
flood zone and cliffs.
We were lucky with the weather - there were no any one rain and we even swim in the sea,
in spite it was very windy...
While we were staying in the Slapton Ley Field Centre there were a local
agricultural exhibition and farmer's competition. The children from our group participate
in the ceremonial exhibition closing, demonstrating to the visitors their national songs,
music and dances (right).