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Start 2023 by keeping fit or learning a new skill and join Torridge Rangers in conservation work

Volunteer Event Northam Burrows

Volunteer Event Northam Burrows

With the Christmas decorations being packed away for another year, conservation projects on Northam Burrows and in neighbouring nature reserves are already in full swing as the new year begins. Over the next few months rangers will be looking to carry out a whole range of tasks aimed at giving nature and wildlife a helping hand, and improving access to sites especially for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs.

Vital to the success of these schemes are the many volunteers that give up their time to help out with the projects, and this year's recruitment campaign is already open for people to sign up. It's a great way to get fit, experience some of the wonderful sites right on our doorstep and meet likeminded people to help in this important work. You'll also have the opportunity to learn some new skills and a bit more about the environment and wildlife of northern Devon.

The events are great for all abilities and allow you to participate at your own pace and feel good about making a positive contribution to the environment.

The current events schedule has been arranged as follows:

  • Saturday 14th January - 2.00pm - 3.30pm - Beach Clean meet at Westward Ho! Slipway
  • Wednesday 18th January - 10.00am - 3.00pm - Wildflower Meadow Management - Kenwith Valley Local Nature Reserve
  • Wednesday 1st February - 10.00am - 3.00pm - Rush removal - Northam Burrows Country Park
  • Saturday 4th February 10.00am - 12.00 noon - Beach Clean - meet at Sandymere Bridge
  • Friday 10th February 1.30pm - 3.00pm - Harvest Mouse Survey - Northam Burrows Country Park
  • Wednesday 15th February - 10.00am - 3.00pm - Reed Bed management - Cut and Clear at Kenwith Valley Local Nature Reserve
  • Wednesday 1st March - 10.00am - 3.00pm - Footpath Improvements - Kenwith Valley Local Nature Reserve
  • Saturday 22nd March - 10.00am - 3.00pm - Fence building and repairs - Northam Burrows Country Park
  • Saturday 25th March - 2.00pm - 3.30pm - Beach Clean - meet at Westward Ho! Slipway

The rangers particularly need help with the tasks at Kenwith Valley Nature Reserve in Bideford. The lake and surrounding area are one of Torridge's hidden gems and people can learn more about the area and its abundant wildlife by taking part in the two events planned at this location.

All events are free to take part in but pre-booking is essential and tools and gloves will be provided. Please bring your own suitable weather appropriate clothing and a packed lunch or refreshments. People can also attend for part of the sessions if they cannot attend for the full day as any support is most welcome. Please contact or telephone 01237 479708 to book your place or find out more.

Torridge District Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin - Lead Member for Community Culture and Leisure said:

"Our Rangers spend a lot of the time over the winter months carrying out repairs and conservation work as part of their daily routines. However, they also rely on the goodwill of volunteers to achieve some of the bigger tasks and achieve more of the tasks on the to-do list before the important spring and summer seasons. Please get in touch if you can spare a few hours to help out, it's a fantastic way to exercise, learn new skills and knowledge and any support will be very welcome."

03 January 2023

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