This coming Sunday, the 1st May is International Dawn Chorus Day.  Held annually on the first Sunday of May this day is aimed at making people more aware of the birds in our countryside and encouraging people to rise early and get out to enjoy the wonderful chorus of birds, which is best heard in the spring when song birds start to sing with the breaking of Dawn.

This awareness day first started by the Urban Wildlife Trust in 1984 at Moseley Bog in Birmingham and has since grown to be a national and international day with events being held by different organisation across the world.

In the past we have joined in this day by organising an event on Castle Bottom Nature Reserve but due to lack of interest in previous years, this year we have decided not to organising a walk, but if you are interested in getting ‘up with the lark’ and hearing the Dawn Chorus locally why not visit the International Dawn Chorus Website for more information: http://idcd.info/

 

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The 22nd April is the 46th Earth Day, organised by the Earth Day Network. The aim of Earth Day is to encourage people all around the world to get involved with looking after the Earth. This can be through a variety of projects, such as planting trees, recycling, saving energy as well as many more.

The first Earth Day in 1970 activated 20 million Americans, now more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day from all around the world. You can find more details and ideas for how to help and get involved at www.earthday.org. The next 5 years will each have a major goal as their countdown to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

 “On their own and together, these initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.”

Unfortunately we are having to make the difficult decision to cancel today’s Easter Trail on Yateley Common, I realise this will leave some very unhappy children and I am very sorry to have to make this decision but we do not feel that it would be safe to risk going ahead with the event in these weather conditions.

We apologies for any inconvenience, and have emailed all those who have booked on the event with further details.

 

Easter Trail Poster 2016

If you have attended this event in previous years, please note the change in location for this years Easter Trail event.

Firstly -A big big thank you to everyone who came out and joined us for today’s Big Spring Clean on Yateley Common, which we ran as part of the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign.

‘Clean for the Queen’ is a national campaign aimed at seeing litter picks across the country leading up to the Queen’s 90th Birthday later this year.

We decided to make our annual Big Spring Clean bigger and better this year by running it as part of the campaign, and the local community didn’t disappoint.  As usual your support and enthusiasm was overwhelming with a whopping great 149 volunteers coming out to help us clean as much of the Common as possible.  In total we had 81 adults and 68 children take part in the event and between them they spent 329 hours cleaning up litter and fly tipping from Yateley Common Country Park.

A grand total of 106 bags of rubbish, 11 tyres, 2 car batteries, 1 gas canister, 1 lawn mower, car and motor bike parts, scrap metal, a piece of carpet and plenty of other waste was collected and removed. The event was fantastic and we really couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the local community!

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Student Volunteer week (SVW) will be taking place between 22nd and 28th February, and sees students from across the country get involved in a variety of volunteering opportunities.

SVW which is now in its 15th year is all about spotlighting the amazing work of student volunteers in the UK, building collaborative networks, having fun, and inspiring more and more students to give volunteering a try! More about SVW can be found at: https://www.studentvolunteeringweek.org/

 

We thought we would take this opportunity to thank all the students that help us throughout the year and celebrate their hard work and enthusiasm for the environment.  We asked one of our Student Volunteers Sophie, to tell us about her volunteer experience:

 

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“Hi I’m Sophie; I do a student placement at Yateley Common for my college work experience. I do 1 day a week, this goes towards the set hours I need to do in my work experience unit. Doing it here I learn how to manage, maintain and protect Yateley Common. I also volunteer on the monthly work party at the end of each month. This is nice, as a group of local people come and we work on restoring (in whatever way it is needed) a section of the heathland. I like that even though I am doing a tiny bit it’s helping the overall management and protection of the heathland.

In my placement I do a variety of different tasks and jobs, including: scrub cutting then moving it or burning it,  litter picking, replacing boards on boardwalks and putting up event posters. By doing these different jobs I learn different skills and techniques in each of them. I started in October, it’s now February so I have a lot more to experience in the spring. By volunteering with the Yateley rangers I gain hours which I can put on my CV so when I apply for jobs I can show that I have experience in a work environment. Volunteering here is good because It benefits me but also the local environment.”

 

Interested in birds, love them visiting your garden? Why not take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch and contribute to the world’s largest wildlife survey! Count birds for an hour over the weekend of 30-31 January, 2016 and feedback to the RSPB, Find out more and request a free pack at: http://ow.ly/WNHDc

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