Explorer Scouts from Bradford on Avon got more than they bargained for on their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition in the Brecon Beacons.

The three groups of boys, aged 14 to 18, were on a three-day unaccompanied expedition to the Black Mountain last weekend, for bronze and silver awards, when they saw the effects of the cold snap.

Each stumbled across dead sheep and ponies in the national park and one group banded together to help animals still alive. Scout leader Richard Hudson said: “On their own, without adults present, they did what they could, reuniting lambs that had got separated from their mothers and releasing animals caught in brambles, who would have succumbed to the weather in the atrocious conditions.”

All the boys passed the test.