A major volunteering conservation day is being held in Morecambe Bay tomorrow, and there's still time to take part, say organisers.
The Grange-over-Sands Fell Care Day takes place on Wednesday 13 November across five woodland sites. It's being hosted by the Morecambe Bay Limestones and Wetlands Nature Improvement Area together with conservation charity Friends of the Lake District.
The event will be the sixth large scale volunteer day that Friends of the Lake District have run (we've reported others on UKH before). It follows their very successful Fell Care Day at Borrowdale on 17 October, when 240 volunteers gave more than 1000 hours of their time to conservation work in one day.
Sue Manson of Friends of the Lake District said:
'It's a great opportunity to spend a day outdoors with some really skilled and passionate professionals, learning a bit about management of the Grange woodlands, the Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area, whilst making a real contribution to looking after the local environment and hopefully having an enjoyable time too. You don’t need any experience, just lots of enthusiasm.’
Volunteers and local school kids will be undertaking a variety of woodland conservation work including coppicing, dry stone walling, path repair, scrub and invasive species removal to restore woodland habitats. The work will benefit a range of birds and plants, as well as rare butterflies such as High Brown and Pearl Bordered fritillaries, and the wax cap fungi.
Tasks will be led by skilled leaders from the Friends of the Lake District, Forestry Commission, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, the Lake District National Park Authority, the RSPB and the Field Studies Council.
Although the booking deadline has passed there are still spaces on some tasks, so you can just turn up on the day. For more information see here
For people not taking part in conservation work, there will also be two free walks exploring the woods and wildlife around Grange, at 11am and 1.30pm, starting from Victoria Hall. No booking required but do come suitably clothed and shod (not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs).