Winter 2015 - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

VOLVOX
Winter 2014/15
THE VOLUNTEERING NEWSLETTER OF YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST
Marie joins the team
VOLVOX GALLERY
YWT
My name is Marie Fooks and I am the new
Volunteering Development Officer for the North
and East regions; some of you may recognise me
as this is not my first role with Yorkshire Wildlife
Trust. Five years ago I worked for a short time in
the volunteering team as a Volunteer Assistant and
was lucky enough to get out and meet quite a few volunteers and Supporter
Groups back then. More recently I have worked on the Dig In Project, first as a
Project Assistant and then for the last year as Project Officer. In between roles
at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust I have worked for another conservation charity,
The Conservation Volunteers, in roles that were centred around volunteer
involvement and development. My three years working on the Dig In project
has showed me the power of volunteer involvement in communities and how
much positive difference volunteers can make to our natural environment and
wildlife! I’m also a volunteer myself and help out with a community garden
where I live and I am the Treasurer for a small group that helps raises funds for
environmental projects in York. I look forward to working with you and getting
out to meet some of you on site in the coming months.
NEW! Spurn Point task days
Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am—3.30pm.
Meet at the Blue Bell, Kilnsea, HU12 0UB at 9.45am.
Come along and meet staff and other volunteers and get stuck in with helping
to look after this National Nature Reserve and unique sandspit habitat for
migratory birds. Tasks such as scrub management, habitat restoration and
replacement of signage and benches are all needed in the coming months
(full training and instruction will be given on the day.) We may be doing work
at the northern end of the reserve or travelling by Unimog to the Point area
depending upon tide times and weather conditions. Appropriate clothing
should be worn and wellies are best so you don’t get wet sandy feet! Please
bring a hot drink and food with you as there aren’t catering facilities on site
(except the hot dogs provided on the March Task Day!)
Brockadale - camouflaged volunteers on the prowl
clearing wood small reed by Dave Williamson
New Unimog to take people on Spurn Safaris.
Spurn ‘Communities Along the Sand’ Task dates for your diary
Wednesday 14th
January 2015
Wednesday 28th
January 2015
Sunday 8th
February 2015
Wednesday 11th
March 2015
Sunday 15th
March 2015
Sign removal
and restoration.
A chance to
be part of the
renewal of Spurn’s
interpretation and
leave your mark on
this iconic site.
Scrub management
work—removal of
invasive hawthorn
and sea buckthorn.
Gloves provided.
Spurn Beach Clean.
In association with
“Surfers Against
Sewage”. Come
along and tidy
up the rubbish
deposited at Spurn.
Scrub management
work—more
removal of invasive
hawthorn and sea
buckthorn. Gloves
provided.
Footpath creation
and maintenance.
Hot drinks, veggie
burgers and
hotdogs for all
volunteers!
Sunset at Staveley taken by Rachel Green
Practical Conservation Task Days: January- March 2015
SOUTH & WEST
CONTACTS FOR TASKDAYS
NORTH & EAST
CONTACTS FOR TASKDAYS
Hetchell Wood, Sherburn Willows, Adel
Dam, Ledsham Bank, Willow Garth,
Kirkstall Valley, Potteric Carr,
Brockadale (mid-week)
or
Brockadale on Sundays
Karen McDiarmid
Tel: 07780 666173
Email: karen.mcdiarmid@ywt.org.uk
Paul Simmons (for Brockadale)
Tel: 01977 620725
Email: paul@gentian.plus.com
Wheldrake Ings, Kiplingcoates, Pulfin
Askham Bog, Strensall, Skerne
Wetlands, North Newbald Becksies,
Barlow Common, North Cave
Wetlands, Calley Heath, North Cliffe
Wood, Flamborough, Wharram Quarry
John Wollaston
Tel: 07977 287012
Email: john.wollaston@ywt.org.uk
Potteric Carr (meet at 9.15), Denaby Ings,
Thorpe Marsh, Owston Meadows
Mark Roberts
Tel: 01302 570077
Email: mark.roberts@ywt.org.uk
Harrogate area Reserves:
Staveley, Ripon Loop, Burton
Leonard, Bishop Monkton
Upper Park Wood
Antony Sykes
Tel: 01484 315041
Email: antonysykes@live.co.uk
Maltby Low Common, Sprotbrough
Flash (Thorpe Marsh - Mick Townsend mickayt@tiscali.co.uk, 07443 051723)
Jim Horsfall
Tel: 01302 853941
Email: jim.horsfall@ywt.org.uk
Low Wood
John Preshaw
Email: johnpreshaw@tiscali.co.uk
Spurn Point National Nature Reserve
Stirley Community Farm
Kim Warren
Tel: 07557 002113 Email: kim.warren@ywt.org.uk
Garbutt Wood
Woodhouse Washlands, Agden Bog
Stoneycliffe Wood, Broadhead Clough,
Stocksmoor Common, Hammonds Field,
Twentywellsick Wood, Town End Lepton,
Roach Lime Hills
Kara Jackson
Tel: 07788 385500
Email: kara.jackson@ywt.org.uk
Ledston Luck, Letchmire Pastures,
Townclose Hills, Rothwell Pastures, Kippax
Meadows, Hollinhurst Wood, Water Haigh
Woodland Park
Kate Phillips
Tel: 07825 668419
Email: kate.phillips@ywt.org.uk
Thorne Moors National Nature Reserve
Steve Meays
Tel: 01302 853941
Email: stephen.meays@ywt.org.uk
Andrew Dodd and Rachel Green
Email: andrew@dodd.me.uk
Email: rachelgreen49@hotmail.co.uk
Andrew Cochrane
Tel: 07787 535784
Email: andrew.cochrane@ywt.org.uk
Peter Christopherson
Tel: 07787 535812
Email: peter.christopherson@ywt.org.uk
Upper Dunsforth Carrs, Ellerburn,
Chafer Wood, Fen Bog, Birch Wood,
Leyburn Old Glebe, Seata Quarry,
Burton Riggs, Newbiggin, Appleton
Andrew Mason
Tel: 01964 650313
Email: andrew.mason@ywt.org.uk
Keith Gittens
Tel: 07968 840623
Email: brilliantemerald@btinternet.com
Jonathan Proud
Tel: 01759 368254
Email: jonathanproud@btinternet.com
Allerthorpe Common
Grass Wood
Gordon Jackson
Email: gordon39@btinternet.com
Moorlands (10am – 12.30pm)
Contact volunteering@ywt.org.uk
North Cave Wetlands
Tony Martin
Tel: 07825 668420
Email: tony.martin@ywt.org.uk
JANUARY 2015
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
Thorne Moors National Nature Reserve
New taskdays available every Monday; Tuesday;
Wednesday and Thursday starting from 5th
January 2015. Contact Steve Meays on
01302 853941 or stephen.meays@ywt.org.uk
5
6
Owston Meadows
12
13
Thorpe Marsh
Bishop Monkton
Townclose Hills
19
Thorpe Marsh
26
Thorpe Marsh
Potteric Carr
Barlow Common
Stirley
Adel Dam
Hollinhurst Wood
Stirley
Moorlands
Potteric Carr
Roach Lime Hills
Kirkstall Valley
Sherburn W
Potteric Carr
Barlow Common
Stirley
Ripon Loop
Ledston Luck
Sprotbrough Flash
20
27
S tirley
Moorlands
Potteric Carr
Ledston Luck
Stocksmoor C
Building/maintenance
7
THURSDAY
1 HAPPY 2
NEW
8
Low Wood
Pulfin Bog
Roach Lime Hills
Burton Riggs
Maltby Low C
Brockadale
S purn Point
Denaby Ings
Askham Bog
Stoneycliffe
Wood
21
15
22
Brockadale
Askham Bog
Woodland management
9
4
10
Allerthorpe
Common
Potteric Carr
11
Townclose Hills
Potteric Carr
Water Haigh
Woodland Park
Broadhead Clough
17
Woodhouse
Washlands
23
Agden Bog
North Cave
Wetlands
29
Spurn Point
3
Potteric Carr
North Cliffe Wood
18
Grass Wood
24
Brockadale
25
Pulfin Bog
Grass Wood
Wheldrake Ings
28
SUNDAY
Upper Park Wood
16
S kerne Wetlands
North Cave
Wetlands
SATURDAY
Thorpe Marsh
Grass Wood
YEAR!
Grass Wood
Willow Garth
Upper Dunsforth
14
FRIDAY
Potteric Carr
30
Roach Lime Hills
S kerne Wetlands
North Cave
Wetlands
Litter picking/cleaning & tidying
31
T horpe Marsh
Grass Wood
Fence building
Hedge work FEBRUARY 2015
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
1
Grass Wood Coffee Morning
Saturday 14th February 09.30-12.00, Church House,
Grassington BD23 5AD. This event is organised by
volunteers and raises funds to help Yorkshire Wildlife
Trust look after this special woodland.
2
3
Potteric Carr
Barlow Common
Stirley
Adel Dam
Ripon Loop
Hollinhurst Wood
Sprotbrough Flash
9
10
Thorpe Marsh
16
Appleton
18
Thorpe Marsh
S tirley
Moorlands
Potteric Carr
Willow Garth
urton Riggs
B
Maltby Low C
North Cave
Wetlands
North Newbald
Becksies
Roach Lime Hills
Potteric Carr
arlow C
B
Stirley
Burton Leonard
Roach Lime Hills
Sprotbrough Flash
Town End Lepton
24
Potteric Carr
5
11
T horpe Marsh
Owston Meadows
Townclose Hills
Allerthorpe
Common
Grass Wood
Stirley
Moorlands
Potteric Carr
Kirkstall Valley
Water Haigh
Woodland Park
17
23
4
12
6
7
Potteric Carr
Broadhead Clough
13
L ow Wood
Skerne Wetlands
Brockadale
North Cave
Stocksmoor C
Askham Bog
Appleton
19
Staveley
Woodhouse
Washlands
20
orth Cave
N
Wetlands
26
ipon Loop
R
Water Haigh
Woodland
Park
27
Stoneycliffe Wood
Skerne Wetlands
Grass Wood
Sherburn Willows
Askham Bog
8
Potteric Carr
orth Cliffe Wood
N
Spurn Point
Upper Park Wood
14
15
21
22
T ownclose Hills
Grass Wood coffee
morning, see box
above for featured
event (Grassington)
Potteric Carr
Woodhouse
Washlands
Pulfin Bog
Brockadale
25
SUNDAY
Brockadale
Grass Wood
28
Roach Lime Hills
Thorpe Marsh
orth Cave
N
Wetlands
Hetchell Wood
MARCH 2015
MONDAY
TUESDAY
30
31
3
9
Potteric Carr
arlow C
B
Stirley
Adel Dam
Townclose Hills
10
Thorpe Marsh
16
S tirley
Moorlands
Potteric Carr
Bishop Monkton
Townclose Hills
Kirkstall Valley
17
T horpe Marsh
Ledston Luck
23
Ledston Luck
Potteric Carr
Barlow C
Stirley
Ripon Loop
24
Thorpe Marsh
Pond work
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
Adel Dam Task Days
Run from 9.30am - 12.30pm on the
first Tuesday each month
4
5
Willow Garth
Upper Dunsforth
11
12
Grass Wood
Brockadale
Spurn Point
Askham Bog
18
Water vole survey
6
oodhouse
W
Washlands
Reserve work
Potteric Carr
L etchmire
Pastures
Brockadale
S purn Point
22
S taveley
Grass Wood
28
oodhouse
W
Washlands
Brockadale
Skerne Wetlands
Grassland management
Potteric Carr
North Cliffe Wood
15
21
27
North Cave
Wetlands
pper Park Wood
U
Grass Wood
14
20
26
8
Potteric Carr
roadhead
B
Clough
orth Cave
N
Wetlands
Stocksmoor
Common
Wharram Quarry
Grass Wood
Denaby Ings
Askham Bog
7
13
19
25
Potteric Carr
L ow Wood
Skerne Wetlands
North Cave
Wetlands
Sherburn Willows
Wheldrake Ings
S tirley
Moorlands
Potteric Carr
ulfin Bog
P
Burton Riggs
Maltby Low C
North Cave
Wetlands
Allerthorpe
Common
Scrub clearance
29
ROBIN - CHRIS MAGUIRE FOX - DON SUTHERLAND ROE DEER - JON HAWKINS SNOWDROPS - JO MEAYS
Stirley
L etchmire
Pastures
2
THURSDAY
1
Potteric Carr
Owston Meadows
WEDNESDAY
Weed/reed control
VOLVOX NOTICE BOARD
Useful Information for Task Days
Training for volunteers coming up
Things you need to know:
First Aid
Please visit www.ywt.org.uk/reserves for maps and
directions to sites.
VOLVOX PHONEBOOK
Cassa Townsend, Volunteering Development Manager
01302 853941
cassa.townsend@ywt.org.uk
Jo Meays, Volunteering Trainee Development Officer
01904 659570
jo.meays@ywt.org.uk
Helen Taylour, Volunteering Development Officer
South and West Yorks
01302 853941
helen.taylour@ywt.org.uk
Marie Fooks, Volunteering Development Officer
North and East Yorks
01904 659570
marie.fooks@ywt.org.uk
General enquiry email: volunteering@ywt.org.uk
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Task Day Leader Training
Wednesday 25th February 2015
We are holding another of our popular Task Day Leader
training courses at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve. This one-day
course is aimed at volunteers who are involved with task days
on Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves and would like
to develop their leadership skills and knowledge to be able
to help with leading
tasks with groups of
volunteers in the future.
Topics covered include
“what makes a good
task day?”, health
and safety aspects of
running groups, the
paperwork you need
to use when leading
groups and dealing
with difficult volunteers
and problem solving.
DON VINE
What you should bring:
n A packed lunch and plenty to drink
n Hardwearing shoes, boots or wellies
n Old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty
n Bring waterproofs, sunscreen and insect repellent when
necessary, you never know what the weather will do!
n Tools and gloves will be provided.
Monday 16th – Wednesday
18th February 2015
3-day course at Stirley
Community Farm nr
Huddersfield. We have a
few places left, first come
first served!
Running safe, fun
family events
YWT
n Task days start at 10am and usually run until around
3.30pm unless otherwise stated
n Sometimes task days may change because of adverse
weather. Please check the website for updates
www.ywt.org.uk/volunteer
n If you’re new to a site, please call the relevant contact to
check task day details and let them know you’re coming
n New volunteers will need to provide emergency contact
details and relevant medical details before beginning,
just in case of an accident.
Sunday 1st March 2015
One day course held at
1 St Georges Place, York,
for volunteers wishing to
help out or lead family
events on Yorkshire
Wildlife Trust reserves.
If you would like to book a place on any of these
courses, please email volunteering@ywt.org.uk or
call 01302 853941. Cost of the training and travel
are covered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Groups please note: The workdays advertised in Volvox are intended for individuals to attend. Sadly they are not suitable for those
who are looking for an activity for a group of over 6 to attend (for example groups of employees from a company.) If you are looking for
a corporate volunteering opportunity then please visit www.ywt.org.uk/employee-volunteering or email volunteering@ywt.org.uk.
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