8th December 2010

MaxiMap at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge

Viv Alexander

MaxiMap, who were one of last year’s GeoVation award winners have been out and about with their giant floor map. Below we hear what happened at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust(WWT) at Slimbridge:

Dominic Carmichael, Learning Manager WWT National Wetland Centre says:  The World floor map was a great success with the learning team at our meeting in Slimbridge; they all wanted to buy one. The impact of seeing the map first hand was immediate and striking. In fact there was talk of buying several from central funds.

Learning Managers from WWT centres in Washington (Tyne and Wear), Arundel, Llanelli and Caerlaverock (Scotland).

Learning Managers from WWT centres in Washington (Tyne and Wear), Arundel, Llanelli and Caerlaverock (Scotland).

We talked about the way we used the map during the half term activities in Llanelli and how we might use it for activities during “World Wetlands Day” 2012 – which will be on the theme of wetlands and forests. The joy of the map is to be able to talk world wide and then spin in to a local picture too without so much as the press of a button. Yes you can do it on Google earth but this is more immediate, I’d say – and because it is not IT based it has a novelty value too.

Llanelli volunteer Margaret Phillips-Jones trying to demonstrate what hard work it is for Greenland white-fronted geese to make it all the way to the UK each winter!

Llanelli volunteer Margaret Phillips-Jones trying to demonstrate what hard work it is for Greenland white-fronted geese to make it all the way to the UK each winter!