Dale Fort Blog Number 42

10 04 2015

Longshore Drift, does it occur at Newgale?

Martha and Kim and some students from Campion School in Essex discover the truth about longshore drift at Newgale in Pembrokeshire.  You could do this too.  Do some Geography at Dale Fort:  You know it makes sense……..



Dale Fort Blog Number 41

3 04 2015

Crowded Coasts

St Davids is the smallest city in the UK.  It has had a Christian presence for more than 1400 years, since St David founded his religious order there in the 6th Century.  You can find out all about St David and his chum Elvis in Blog Number 13


Before you do that, why not join Dale Fort Tutor Kim Houkes and her  charges as they investigate the impacts of tourism around the area?

Don’t miss the next blog.  Could it be another geography film?

Dale Fort Blog Contents 1 – 45

3 04 2015

Dale Fort Blog Contents

Number 1

All about nematodes


Number 2

3 You Tube clips:

Starlings at Mabesgate

Error Bars in Excel 2007

Measuring Heights on Seashores


Number 3

The History of Dale Fort part 1 (all about the rocks)


Number 4

The History of Dale Fort part 2  (the construction  materials of Dale Fort).  Far more exciting than it sounds, you won’t want to miss it, go there NOW


Number 5

Sargassum muticum in Britain (with a video on how it makes babies)


Number 6

The History of Dale Fort part 3, The First Humans


Number 7

Silverfish and their ways


Number 8

The fat-bellied book chewer


Number 9

Seaweed research at Dale Fort


Number 10

Wormhole research at Dale Fort


Number 11

Limpets and their mysterious ways


Number 12

Anne, Bridget, Cadoc and David


Number 13

St David and his friend Elvis


Number 14

Dancing bananas:  Just how many are there?


Number 15

Six-legged female vampires


Number 16

Cry Havoc!  And let loose the dogs of accountancy………The History of Dale Fort part 6


Number 17

Wee timorous beasties


Number 18

A magical island where strange events take place


 Number 19

The many faces of the mean (and by the way Bill, smoking is neither big nor clever)


Number 20

Deviant Beards and other exciting topics


Number 21

Welsh in 10 Minutes (ddim yn rhugl)


Number 22

Halloween Special.  Read it with the light on……..


Number 23

Back to matters more prosaic but useful I hope.  How to get a quick frequency distribution histogram out of Excel 2007


Number 24

Spectacular weather, huge waves, the demise of a bridge, the scaring of a photographer and much more


Number 25

BARNACLES  so much more than just the worst part of a keel-hauling


Number 26

NUNZILLA makes her debut:  She knows about seaweeds, she’s a nun, she’s clockwork, she breaths fire.   What more could you want?  More history, that’s what and you’ll get it in Blog 26


Number 27

TARDIGRADES…….No it’s not a Norwegian swearword.  Their common name is water bears and they are astonishing creatures.  Read about them and then construct your own with our free build your own tardigrade kit.  Ordvykejys….now that’s a Norwegian swear word.


Number 28

House Dust Mites…..I realise that it would be hard to top the spacetastic subjects of the previous blog but house dust mites are still extremely interesting creatures that eat human flesh and give you allergies.  Read all about them here.


Number 29

WOODWORM All you could wish to know and probably more about about the unsung heroes of the Anti-Furniture League


Number 30

Spider Blog,  Spider Blog,   Does whatever a Spider Blog does…..


Number 31

The History of Dale Fort Part the Eighth.  200 years in 1200 words, suitable for home freezing.


Number 32

Red and yellow and not pink and green, orange and not purple and blue……..seaweeds and light


Number 33

Rocky shore monitoring at Dale Fort Part 1.  Channelled wrack and rough winkles have rarely been given so much attention and for so long.


Number 34

Rocky shore monitoring at Dale Fort Part 2.  Species diversity, small winkles, limpets, barnacles and purple topshells.  Possibly more than you ever thought you wanted to know about these fascinating creatures


Number 35

The History of Dale Fort Part the Ninth:  Charles Louis Napoleon,  80 cigarettes a day,  The Ladies of Royal Ballet, Beating up Chartists, Emperor of France, Kidnapper of vultures, World Ping-Pong Champion 1846 (OK I made the last one up)…what a guy…


Number 36

STATS for TWITS.                                                                                                                                                              A simple guide to how hypothesis testing statistics work and some common tests and what they do. Could any blog be more fun than that?   Well yes, actually but I hope you’ll find it useful nonetheless.


Number 37

A visit to another magical island (see also Blog Number 18) and some lesser known aspects of its history


Number 38

Nadolig Llawen pawb

Merry Christmas Everybody (c N. Holder 1973)


Number 39

One of the great things about geography at Dale Fort is that you get to go to some of the  best and most interesting places .  Here we visit The Preseli Mountains to study The Afon Synfynwy (translation: The river who runs back up the slope to the church where the goat is tied to the tree with the wasp’s nest on the 3rd bough from the top by the church with the wobbly pew at the back)


Number 40

More geography at Dale Fort.  This one is about rebranding in the interesting town of Milford Haven (Aberdaugleddau, translation:  The lovely town by the sea, very close to Dale Fort, with the llamas that is easily the best place to do urban rebranding).  (You might wish to read the blog and check the veracity of this translation).


Number 41

St. Davids is the smallest city in the UK but it’s so interesting and attractive that it gets huge numbers of tourists.  Many of them are pilgrims come to worship at the huge Norman cathedral.  Many come for the ice cream and still more for the beaches and the surfing and the sailing.  What’s wrong with these people?  They should be coming to do Crowded Coasts at Dale Fort.  Dale Fort Tutor Kim Houkes shows us how it’s done.


Number 42

Has longshore drift ever been more stimulating?  Possibly not.  Find out for yourself here:


Number 43

The wait is over.  Now at last you can find out how Britain responded to Napoleon III’s shenanigans.


Number 44

Bill Ballantine.  One of the greats of marine conservation RIP


Number 45

Look at the colours man……


Dale Fort Blog Number 40

3 04 2015

Rebranding at Milford Haven

Join Dale Fort Tutors Martha Boalch, Catherine Gillat as they explore rebranding with some fortunate sixth formers.  Milford Haven (Aberdaugleddau = mouth of the two Cleddaus) has a short but fascinating history beginning as a planned town set up largely by Sir Charles Greville a little over 200 years ago.  The initial plan was to capture the Atlantic shipping trade, lack of rail links and inland communications made that a limited success.  Greville then developed the town as a whaling centre with a community of Quaker whalers from Nantucket.  Their leader was Samuel Starbuck and the Starbucks were important in the early development of the town  To this day you will find more coffee in Milford than anywhere else in Wales (only joking).  The development of coal gas street lighting in London led to a fall in the value of whale oil (it was valued because it burned clean, producing little soot).  The whale oil industry failed.  Railways came and with rapid communication links inland Milford began to develop as the major fishing port in Wales.  Fishing peaked just after World War Two and then began a fairly rapid decline.  The Suez crisis (1956) meant there was a need for a port that could accept huge oil tankers on the west coast of Britain.  Nelson himself had declared Milford Haven as the finest natural harbour in the world and it was deep enough and sheltered enough to accommodate huge oil tankers.  Thus began the rise of the oil industry.  By 1985 there were four oil refineries along the Haven.  The ups and downs of the oil industry have seen this reduce to one by 2015.  However, since North Sea Gas is beginning to run out and the UK has become dependent upon natural gas, yet another new industry has developed.  The most costly project in the history of Wales has seen the building of the new Liquified Natural Gas plant at South Hook on the old Esso refinery site.  This imports LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) from Qatar and is capable of handling up to a third of the UK’s gas requirements.  There are five huge cylindrical tanks to hold the gas, each about the size of The Albert Hall (43m high, 80m or so in diameter).  Milford has an interesting cultural life as well.  Its Torch Theatre being one of the best in Wales.  All in all it’s a very interesting town and you would do well to investigate it for yourselves.  Why not enquire about geography courses at Dale Fort?

The next blog will be another film about geography at Dale Fort.