Volunteers needed this winter for major programme of Morecambe Bay events (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Volunteers needed this winter for major programme of Morecambe Bay events
12:03pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
VOLUNTEERS are needed to come forward this winter to help Morecambe Bay's wildlife.
Over winter, volunteers will take part in a variety of interesting practical activities - restoring places for wildlife in woodlands, wetlands and grasslands across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The volunteers will be helping to create the right conditions for some of the UK’s most precious butterflies such as the Duke of Burgundy, as well as beautiful wildflowers including bog rosemary, rock rose and bird’s-foot-trefoil.
Work will be carried out at some of the area’s most beautiful and tranquil locations including Eaves Wood near Silverdale and Savin Hill Moss in the Lyth Valley.
The programme is being run by the RSPB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, National Trust and Butterfly Conservation as part of the Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area project.
It starts on Thursday October 24 at the Cumbria Wildlife Trust-run reserve Park Wood in Hutton Roof village.
The day will involve clearing bracken and then sowing wildflowers in the cleared areas. This will increase the supply of nectar for a variety of insects including pearl bordered fritillaries, which have declined in recent years. Tania Crockett, community engagement officer for the Morecambe Bay nature improvement area, said: “We will be providing a fun, relaxed and safe environment for people to try out this type of volunteering and no previous experience is required.
"This will be a great opportunity for people to work alongside knowledgeable and experienced volunteers, and learn a lot about the area and the wildlife that lives here.
“We will be running drop-in work parties at least once a week throughout the winter on both weekdays and at weekends so we can accommodate people who work and have family commitments.
“Volunteering for this project will be a great way to get fit and enjoy the local countryside, while making an important contribution to helping struggling wildlife.” Volunteers for the first event on October 24 should meet on the road at the southern end of Hutton Roof village at 10am.
They are advised to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the outdoors and bring a packed lunch if planning to stay for the whole day.
For further info about the event and future ones in the programme, contact Adrienne King on Adrienne.email@example.com. Alternatively, visit: www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk.
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