Volunteers wanted to help improve woods and rivers

Angela Peters NPA with volunteers at Keyhaven

Published Friday 8 February 2013

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.

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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Notes to Editors:

Funding has been secured from a European fund called RDPE (Leader) - a European-wide initiative launched in 1991 to provide rural communities with the funding to find local solutions to local needs. The project is hosted by the New Forest National Park Authority, and has been set up by the New Forest Land Advice Service.

About the New Forest Land Advice Service

The New Forest Land Advice Service is available to landowners and occupiers who would like advice and support on a wide range of issues relating to land management. The advisors operate across the National Park, the Avon Valley and the coastal plain. Since the service started in 2010 it has advised more than 300 businesses.

The service offers:

  • A free and independent service for the land managing community in and around the New Forest and Avon Valley
  • Support for landowners, farmers, New Forest Commoners, equine owners, graziers and community groups
  • Advice to anyone who owns or manages a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) in the area
  • A small grant scheme which can support capital works which benefit the landscape, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the area.

To find out more about the New Forest Land Advice Service, or arrange a visit, please call 01590 646696 or email enquiries@nfladvice.org.uk.

Media Contact:

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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