Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Forest Community Wildlife - Volunteers wanted to help improve woods and rivers

If you love wildlife and volunteering, put Sunday 24 February and Monday 11 March in your diary.

The New Forest Community Wildlife Plans project team has joined up with the Long Meadow community group and New Milton Town Council on 24 February to help clear pathways in a wooded area at Barton on Sea.

Bee on Flower - New Forest Community Wildlife Plans

Volunteers are wanted for a morning’s work (10am-1pm), to make the pathways accessible to allow more people to appreciate this wooded area, as well as clear a shady corner of a wildlife pond.

If you have an interest in the River Blackwater, an evening at Plaitford Village Hall on 11 March at 7pm will feature talks and open discussions where you can find out how to get involved in conserving the river.

The Community Wildlife Plans project, funded by the National Park Authority and RDPE (Leader), is aimed at encouraging local communities to identify wildlife habitats such as grassland, hedgerows, ponds, rivers and woodland in their local area.

The project is focussing on the areas of Godshill, Hordle, Landford, Marchwood, Milford on Sea, New Milton and Wellow.

Angela Peters, the Community Wildlife Plans Project Officer at the National Park Authority said: ‘I’m really looking forward to both these events and working with the volunteers. Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people and to do something to benefit the local community.’

Angela is also looking for people with an interest in animals, flowers, birds, bats or bees to become ‘wildlife champions’.

For more information on the volunteering opportunity at Barton on Sea or the meeting about the River Blackwater visit: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/communitywildlife

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