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: firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Simmons (for Brockadale) Tel: 01977 620725 Email: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org Potteric Carr (meet at 9.15), Denaby Ings, Thorpe Marsh, Owston Meadows Mark Roberts Tel: 01302 570077 Email: email@example.com Harrogate area Reserves: Staveley, Ripon Loop, Burton Leonard, Bishop Monkton Upper Park Wood Antony Sykes Tel: 01484 315041 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Maltby Low Common, Sprotbrough Flash (Thorpe Marsh - Mick Townsend email@example.com, 07443 051723) Jim Horsfall Tel: 01302 853941 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Low Wood John Preshaw Email: email@example.com Spurn Point National Nature Reserve Stirley Community Farm Kim Warren Tel: 07557 002113 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com Ledston Luck, Letchmire Pastures, Townclose Hills, Rothwell Pastures, Kippax Meadows, Hollinhurst Wood, Water Haigh Woodland Park Kate Phillips Tel: 07825 668419 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thorne Moors National Nature Reserve Steve Meays Tel: 01302 853941 Email: email@example.com Andrew Dodd and Rachel Green Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Andrew Cochrane Tel: 07787 535784 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Christopherson Tel: 07787 535812 Email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Keith Gittens Tel: 07968 840623 Email: email@example.com Jonathan Proud Tel: 01759 368254 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Allerthorpe Common Grass Wood Gordon Jackson Email: email@example.com Moorlands (10am – 12.30pm) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org North Cave Wetlands Tony Martin Tel: 07825 668420 Email: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Jo Meays, Volunteering Trainee Development Officer 01904 659570 firstname.lastname@example.org Helen Taylour, Volunteering Development Officer South and West Yorks 01302 853941 email@example.com Marie Fooks, Volunteering Development Officer North and East Yorks 01904 659570 firstname.lastname@example.org General enquiry email: email@example.com facebook.com/ YorkshireWildlifeTrust twitter.com/ YorksWildlife YWT 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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