Centre for Alternative Technology

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Educational exhibition centre demonstrating sustainable building techniques as well as renewable energy, energy efficiency, organic growing, water conservation and environmentally friendly sewage systems. The site buildings display a very wide range of sustainable building materials and techniques including timber frame, straw bale, rammed earth, earth block, hemp lime, local stone and a variety of insulating materials, including wool. Renewable energy technologies include wind and water power, combined heat and power biomass, log and pellet boilers, heat pumps, solar energy used to heat space and water and generate electricity.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Every day Winter 1000-1600
Every day Summer 0930-1730 (1800 August)

Closed: A few days over Christmas and a week in early January

Admission charges

school groups
winter 2008/9 £3.80 per pupil
summer 2009 £4.05 per pupil
Accompanying staff free

Additional info

Drop-in information service.

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Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

  • 6 July 2015 10am-5pm *on now

Learn the fundamentals of grass, sedge and rush identification, essential and valuable skills for any field and conservation ecologists and hopefully, by the end of this course, you will know this statement is not true.

Emphasis will be on practical skill with identification taking place mainly in the laboratory where there is time and equipment to fully examine specimens.

The focus will be on learning how to identify and develop the skills and confidently use a flora.

Course runs Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th July, 2015.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Course fees are £100.00, please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 62 2682 before booking your optional full board accommodation at CAT (£120.00)

Website

http://courses.cat.org.uk/biology-and-ecology/identification-of-grasses-sedges-and-rushes-detail

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Ecology

  • 23 August 2015 10am-5pm

Ever wondered why some plants won’t grow in your garden why the ‘weeds’ (and slugs) thrive?

Ecology explains the patterns we see in the natural world and the way in which people have changed them.

It is all about relationships between living things (from flowers to fungi to fluffy or feathery animals) with their surroundings and with us humans.

So come and find out, you can’t be truly ‘green’ unless you know something about ecology.

Course runs Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August 2015.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Course fees are £100.00, please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 62 2682 before booking your optional full board accommodation at CAT (£120.00)

Website

http://courses.cat.org.uk/biology-and-ecology/ecology1-detail

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Plant Diversity

  • 25 September 2015 10am-5pm

What’s the difference between grass, ferns and mosses? They are plants and have green leaves. Yes, but we need to know a great deal more about the diversity of plants to develop an interest in the environment, field biology, wildlife and gardening.

From A for Anemone to Z for Zinnia and all types of conifers, horsetails, ferns and mosses in between, their relationships to each other will be revealed.

Course runs Friday 26th - Sunday 28th Sept 2015.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Course fees are £100.00, please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 62 2682 before booking your optional full board accommodation at CAT (£120.00)

Website

http://courses.cat.org.uk/biology-and-ecology/plant-diversity-detail

Centre for Alternative Technology
Machynlleth
Powys
SY20 9AZ
Wales

Website

www.cat.org.uk

E-mail

education@cat.org.uk

Telephone

School day visits

01654 705983

Eco-cabins residential visits

01654 705982

Educational projects

01654 705963

Fax

all

01654 702782

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