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.
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:
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:
- the Ghost Slug
- exotic marine fish like the Almaco Jack
- the nocturnal Ash-black slug that hangs from branches in ancient woodlands like Tŷ Canol National Nature Reserve
- exotic shellfish that drift to our beaches on marine plastics
- fossils of trilobites that lived here between 500-250 million years ago.
- a Bronze Age rapier discovered by metal detectorist Colin Scale on Amroth beach
- a halberd dating to the Early Bronze Age found in Hundleton
- a Late Bronze Age gold Lock ring discovered in Newport
- a collection of Roman vessels used for preparing and drinking wine found in Manorbier
- an Eighth Century Christian cross from St Patrick’s Chapel, Whitesands
- a hoard of Civil War era gold and silver coins found at Tregwynt Mansion.
- 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
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:
- iNaturalist helps you identify the species you are looking at. Download iNaturalist from the Google Play Store or download iNaturalist on the Apple App Store
- iRecord shares your records with the scientific community. Download iRecord from the Google Play Store or download iRecord on the Apple App Store.
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.
Fact files, spotter sheets and games to download
Archaeology Fact Files
Want to find out more about archaeology? Explore Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales' fact sheets, they’ll help you identify archaeological sites and finds.
Use these Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales spotter’s sheets as an introduction to natural history groups. They each show a small selection of things that occur in the natural world to help you to get started.
Historic Wales Portal
The map enabled portal for historic environment information in Wales. You can search hundreds of thousands of records of Welsh archaeology, buildings and artefacts.
Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS Cymru)
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) encourages the reporting of archaeological items found by metal detectorists and other members of the public in England and Wales which are not covered by the Treasure Act 1996.
Working with Dyfed-Powys Police, Cadw and Dyfed Archaeological Trust, the National Park Authority set up HeritageWatch to help tackle heritage crime.