It’s official, getting outdoors is good for you! And it’s a chance to discover the nature, geology and archaeology on your doorstep.

Curated by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and hosted by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids, On Your Doorstep aims to inspire everyone to explore the nature, geology and archaeology that exists all around us, and enjoy the health and well-being benefits this can bring.

Recent discoveries in Pembrokeshire have come in all shapes and sizes. Some were discovered in the woods, some on the beach. Others were unearthed in back gardens or in farmers’ fields. There’s even a building site! Many of these discoveries were made by people just like you!

On Your Doorstep will be open from 10am-4pm every day from Friday 1 April 2022 until Spring 2023. Entry is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Government.

Take part!

We hope that On Your Doorstep will inspire you to go outside and start exploring. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see guides and resources to help you identify your findings.

Share your doorstep discoveries with us. Common or rare, big and small we want to see them all! Send your photos, drawings and sightings to:

@CardiffCurator @SF_Archaeology @PembsCoast @OrielyParc #onyourdoorstep #stependrws or email onyourdoorstep@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk.

Have you found something that’s puzzling you? Could it be something rare, or something old? Get help from scientists at National Museum Wales.

 

What’s in the On Your Doorstep Exhibition?

Species such as:

Archaeology, including:

People, like:

  • Ronald Lockley who set up the UK’s first Bird Observatory on Skokholm Island
  • Harry Morrey Salmon who pioneered the use of flash photography to record nocturnal birds on Skomer Island.

 

Nature exploration videos to inspire

Slug and snails

Birdsong

Pitfall Trap

Ferns

 

Identify and record nature

These smartphone apps will help you identify and record the nature you spot in your garden, or whilst out and about:

But nothing beats joining an experienced group outdoors. They are always keen to help you find and notice more, and have been doing citizen science for nearly 200 years! Specialist recording societies are still very active and run outdoor field meetings all around the UK. Beginners are usually very welcome. You can find a list of  some of these groups on our natural sciences resources page.

 

Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales Blog

Find out how Amgueddfa Cymru prepared and transported the museum objects used in the exhibition and what was involved from a curator’s point of view.