Saltney teacher revels in Earthwatch ecological expedition to Belarus wetlands

Aug 26 2010 by Mark Dowling, Flintshire Chronicle

A TEACHER from Saltney has returned from an ecological expedition to the Belarus wetlands.

Melissa Thorp, who lives off Boundary Lane, took part in the 10-day educational and environmental Earthwatch project with several scientists and other school teachers.

Melissa has now received a ?200 grant from Earthwatch as a result of the expedition, which involved examining a range of marshlands and bogs, which will be used at the school she teaches at in Brine Leas, Nantwich.

Melissa, 30, said she had enjoyed the expedition and was able to learn plenty from it.

She said: "As Brine Leas has just opened a new sixth form block, I will be teaching A-level from September. I wanted to gain recent research experience and come away with fresh resources to use in the classroom.

"I did gain research experience and some ideas for resources to share with students.

"It was good to meet other teachers from other schools and see how resourcing differs.

"I would definitely recommend this experience as it was a fun trip.

"I came home feeling like I had really done something with my summer holidays, a bit more meaningful than a beach holiday. The trip has inspired me to raise awareness of global issues in school."

It is hoped the ?200 grant will be spent on a planned new growing garden and greenhouse, made from recycled materials, at Brine Leas, and Melissa added she is keen to be involved in more ecological projects around the school.

For more information on the Earthwatch expeditions, or how to join one, visit


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