Spring 2014 - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Volvox
Happy Spring everyone!
How fantastic to see a little more of the sun in recent weeks (after all that rain!) I do hope you have had a chance to
get out and about on a YWT Reserve somewhere near you to enjoy the changing season.
If you are one of our already active volunteers, you should have received an invitation to our upcoming Volunteers’
Conference which will take place in Leeds (at University House) on Saturday 7th June. This event is taking place to
mark National Volunteers Week 1—7 June 2014. There hasn’t been room here to list all that is happening over the
week, but if you are volunteering alongside a member of Trust staff — ask them what they have planned. If you are
reading this and haven't volunteered with us yet then please have a look at our calendar to see what may be taking
place near to you. There are some specific appeals for volunteers to help on the back page of this newsletter too.
The Conference will be a chance to come along and meet fellow volunteers and share ideas. Staff and volunteers will
be showing pictures of what they have been up to across the County and there will be workshops and an outside walk
in the afternoon. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you—there is also LUNCH thrown in too!! If you have had your
invitation, please RSVP to let us know if you can come by April 18th, numbers are limited to 100 so book early! If you
haven't received an invitation but would like one, please get in touch with me by email [email protected]
or by phone on 01302 853941.
Look forward to meeting and talking to more of you then!
Cassa Townsend, YWT Volunteering Development Manager
The Wonders of Water Voles
For the last three years the Trust has worked in close partnership with Co-op Farms Ltd on a project called Habitat Heroes, surveying
for water voles at Pasture Farm near Goole, East Yorkshire. The farm is mainly intensively managed arable land which you could be
forgiven for thinking would not be the most likely location for finding Britain’s fastest declining mammal. However results have been
spectacular with many thriving, if isolated, colonies located through the drainage ditches, dikes and streams. Last summer the
project expanded to encompass Thorne Moors NNR owned and managed by Natural England.
This is where things really got interesting. From the very first morning that staff, voluntary trainees and volunteers started surveying
the dikes of this former peat extraction site, they knew they had found something special. Throughout the summer over 15km of
dikes were surveyed with incredible numbers of field signs found on every dike looked at. These included latrines, feeding piles,
burrows and even frequent sightings, all recorded using GPS. When these results were collated and assessed at the end of the survey
season, the results were astonishing. Thorne Moors is certainly one of the most important sites in Yorkshire for this incredibly rare
and endangered species and could even be of national significance. The results have been so
encouraging that Natural England has included the water vole in their re-application for SSSI
Thorpe Marsh
status to reflect the importance of this site for the long term future of the species.
Many thanks go out to all the volunteers and voluntary trainees who worked incredibly
There will be a "Spring
hard throughout the hot summer to gather the results, often being
flowers and butterflies”
eaten alive by horse flies and struggling through very difficult
walk on Saturday 19th
surveying terrain. Stephen Meays, YWT Project Officer
If you are interested in taking part in water vole
surveys this season, both in the
Goole area and in Barnsley,
please feel free to contact me
at [email protected]
April (Easter
Saturday), at
10.15am
Meet at the
Norwood Gate
on Fordstead Lane
Practical Conservation Task Days: April—June 2014
SOUTH & WEST
Contacts for taskdays
Hetchell Wood, Broadhead Clough,
Willow Garth, Stoneycliffe Wood,
Sherburn Willows, Stocksmoor
Common, Adel Dam
Karen McDiarmid 07780 666173 Wheldrake Ings, Moorlands
Askham Bog, Kiplingcoates
[email protected]
North Newbald Becksies
North Cave Wetlands, Barlow C
North Cliffe Wood, Calley Heath
Flamborough, Pulfin, Strensall
Mark Roberts 01302 570077
[email protected]
Harrogate Group contacts—
Staveley, Ripon Loop, Burton
Leonard, Bishop Monkton
Antony Sykes 01484 315041
[email protected]
Potteric Carr, Denaby Ings, Thorpe
Marsh, Hammonds Field, Owston
Meadows, Woodhouse Washlands
Upper Park Wood
NORTH & EAST
Contact details for taskdays
John Wollaston 07977 287012
[email protected]
Andrew Dodd and Rachel Green
[email protected]
[email protected]
Jim Horsfall 01302853941
[email protected]
Upper Dunsforth Carrs,
Chafer Wood, Fen Bog,
Leyburn Old Glebe, Ellerburn, Seata
Quarry, Burton Riggs, Birch Wood
OR
Andrew Cochrane 07787 535784
[email protected]
Peter Christopherson 07787 535812
[email protected]
Low Wood
John Preshaw
[email protected]
Vale of York
Bishopthorpe Palace & Crem
Claire Burton 07771372397
[email protected]
Stirley Community Farm
Kim Warren 07557 002113
[email protected]
Garbutt Wood
Keith Gittens 07968 840623
[email protected]brilliantemerald.wanadoo.co.uk
Waterhaigh Woodland Park, Kippax
Meadows, Hollinhurst Wood,
Rothwell Pastures, Rothwell
Country Park, Ledston Luck,
Letchmire Pastures
Kara Jackson 07788385500
[email protected]
Allerthorpe Common
Jonathan Proud 01759 368254
[email protected]
Grass Wood
Gordon Jackson
[email protected]
Cadeby Hill
Carys Hutton 07827 894786
[email protected]
Brockadale
Paul Simmons 01977 620725
[email protected]
Maltby Low
Common
KEY: The letters in brackets
indicate the activities for the day
Y—Tree planting
D—Gardening
B—Weed control (balsam, bracken,
M—Reserve maintenance
P—Path maintenance
R—Repairs/building work
T—Cleaning and tidying
H—Hedge laying/hedgerow work
ragwort etc)
C—Rush/reed control
F—Fencing
S—Scrub clearance
G—Grassland management
L—Litter picking
V—Water vole survey
W—Woodland management
O—Pond work
April
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
1
2
3
4
5
Upper Park Wood
(W)
6 Potteric Carr (S)
Allerthorpe
Common (M)
Potteric Carr (S)
Denaby Ings (gate)
Stirley Community Askham Bog (M)
Farm (D,R)
Adel Dam (M)
Maltby Low
Common (tbc)
Burton Riggs (M)
8
9
Potteric Carr (S)
Hammonds Field (F)
Stirley Community Moorlands (M)
Farm (D,R)
Ripon Loop (M)
10
Grass Wood (W)
Low Wood (M)
11
Broadhead Clough
(C)
12
Hollinhurst Wood
(M)
13
Potteric Carr (P)
North Cliffe Wood
(M)
14
Owston Meadows
(F)
Ledston Luck (M)
15
16
Potteric Carr (F)
Stirley Community
Farm (D,R)
17
Grass Wood (W)
18
19
20
Brockadale (M)
21
22
Potteric Carr (tbc)
Stirley Community
Farm (D,R)
24
25
Woodhouse
Washlands (L)
Staveley (M & seed
sowing)
26
27
28
29
30
Potteric Carr (tbc) Calley Heath (F)
Stirley Community
Farm (D,R)
7
23
Wheldrake Ings (M)
Stocksmoor
Common (C)
DIG IN Project, York
Volunteer with us at one of our weekly gatherings at any of the four Community Garden
Sites. The gardens are in Chepelfields, Heworth, Acomb and The Groves. Please contact
Marie (Dig In Project Officer) directly for more info [email protected]
May
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
1
Maltby Low
Common (tbc)
Burton Riggs (M)
Brockadale (F)
2
3
4 Potteric Carr
Upper Park Wood (tbc)
(W)
Allerthorpe
Common (M)
5
6
7
Potteric Carr (tbc) Denaby Ings (tbc)
Stirley Community Wheldrake Ings (M)
Farm (D,R)
Adel Dam (M)
8
Grass Wood (W)
Low Wood (M)
9
10
Waterhaigh
Woodland Park
(M)
11
Potteric Carr (tbc)
North Cliffe
Wood (M)
12
13
14
Potteric Carr (tbc) Brockadale
Stirley Community (boardwalk)
Farm (D,R)
15
Flamborough (M)
16
17
Staveley (M)
18
Brockadale (M)
19
20
21
Potteric Carr (tbc) Hammonds Field (F)
Stirley Community Moorlands (M)
Farm (D,R)
22
Flamborough (M)
23
24
25
26
27
28
Potteric Carr (P)
Brockadale
Stirley Community (boardwalk)
Farm (D,R)
Ripon Loop (M)
29
30
31
Friday
Saturday
Waterhaigh
Woodland Park (M)
June
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
1 Potteric Carr (P)
Allerthorpe
Common (M)
30
2
3
Potteric Carr (B)
Stirley Community
Farm (D,R)
Adel Dam (M)
4
Upper Dunsforth
Carrs (B)
5
Maltby Low
Common (tbc)
9
10
Potteric Carr (tbc)
11
Denaby Ings (P)
Wheldrake Ings (B)
Birch Wood (B)
Willow Garth (B)
Rothwell
Country Park (B)
Staveley (B)
16
17
Owston Meadows Potteric Carr (P)
(B)
Staveley (B)
23
Sunday
24
Potteric Carr (P)
Ripon Loop (B)
Hetchell Wood (B)
7
Upper Park Wood
(W)
8
Potteric Carr (tbc)
North Cliffe Wood
(M)
12 Burton Riggs (M) 13
Grass Wood (W)
Broadhead Clough
North Newbald
(B)
Becksies (B)
Low Wood (M)
14
Chafer Wood (G)
15
Brockadale (M)
18
Wheldrake Ings (B)
Brockadale (B)
19
North Cave
Wetlands (B)
Stocksmoor
Common (B)
20
21
25
Wheldrake Ings (B)
Fen Bog (B)
26 Woodhouse
Washlands (B)
North Cliffe Wood
(B)
Stoneycliffe Wood
(B)
27
28
6
22
29
Useful Information for Task Days
All our current volunteering
opportunities can be found at
http://www.ywt.org.uk/volunteer
or telephone the relevant contact
below.
‘Welcome calls’
Passionate about wildlife?
Enjoy talking to likeminded
people? Then we have the
perfect volunteer role for you!
We need confident people with
some knowledge of Trust reserves
to help us welcome new members
to the Trust with a quick, friendly
telephone call. This will only take
a couple of hours a week and can
be done either from our office in
York or Potteric Carr or even from
home if you prefer.
Welcome Calls
are a really
important
way to make
new members feel
like a valued part of the
Trust and have proved
really popular with members.
If you would like to find out more
about this role then please
contact
Jessica Thompson on
01904 659570 or email
[email protected]
Things you need to know:
- Task days start at 10am and usually run until 4pm
- Sometimes task days may change because of adverse weather. Please
check the website for updates
- If you’re new to a site, please call the relevant contact to check task
day details and let them know you’re coming
- New volunteers will need to provide emergency contact details and
relevant medical details before beginning, just in case of an accident
What you should bring:
- A packed lunch and plenty to drink
- Hardwearing shoes, boots or wellies
- Old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty
- Bring waterproofs, sunscreen and insect repellent when necessary, you
never know what the weather will do!
- Tools and gloves will be provided
Please visit www.ywt.org.uk/reserves for maps and directions to sites
STIRLEY FARM REQUEST
Get Cooking at Stirley Community Farm!
We want visitors to get a taste of the amazing produce from our fruit and veg gardens, and help
the Farm business to be financially sustainable. We are looking for a small team of volunteers
who are passionate about seasonal, healthy food to come and help cook and serve simple meals
and refreshments at our monthly Sunday morning event days. These will be held on the first
Sunday morning of each month, from 10am – 1pm, and there are also opportunities to cook and
serve lunches on occasional weekdays. For more details, please contact Helen Taylour (details
below left)
Be Part of the Stirley Community Farm Roadshow
Stirley Community Farm is the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s gateway site for West Yorkshire, set in
240 acres of Pennine farmland. We will be taking roadshows to venues all over West Yorkshire
to promote the wonderful work of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, promote our Beef Box Scheme, offer
people a taste of our farm produce and encourage visitors to come and be inspired at our year round events and activities. We’re looking for volunteers to join the roadshow team at events at
Stirley Community Farm and all over the West Yorkshire region, with opportunities on both
weekends and weekdays. If you love talking to people and are passionate about getting involved
in the work of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, please contact Helen Taylour (details below left)
Contact information :
Cassa Townsend T 01302 853941
Volunteering Development Manager
If you are interested in receiving this newsletter in an alternative format please
Jo Meays T 01904 659570
contact us.
Volunteering Trainee Development Officer
Helen Taylour T 01302 853941
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Volunteering Development Officer - South and West Yorks
a Yorkshire rich in wildlife, valued
Harriet Linfoot T 01482 441013
and enjoyed by people
Volunteering Development Officer—North and East Yorks
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