City dwellers are being asked
to take a ride out into the countryside to help conserve nature
reserves throughout Warwickshire.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust'
is putting together a group called Natureforce, which will be starting
a pick-up in Coventry.
Volunteers will be collected
from Coventry and taken to the trustís nature reserves in the city,
Solihull and Warwickshire.
These tasks will give
volunteers the chance to experience traditional management of habitats
at first hand. There will be full training in practical reserve
The pick-ups will be every
Wednesday, for the group's mid-week volunteer tasks, starting on
Wednesday 29 November with a work party at Rough Hill Wood Nature
Reserve near Studley.
This will involve woodland
management, with tasks including coppicing, heath maintenance and
improving access to the reserve.
Transportation to the reserve
is from Hillfields Village Square, King William Street, Hillfields,
between 9.15 and 9.30am.
The minibus will return for
around 4pm. Volunteers should bring with them a packed lunch, suitable
waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.
Natureforce activities will
run in mid-week until 14 March 2001.
Sophie Lloyd of the Reserves
"These tasks are an
ideal opportunity for people who are interested in protecting the
environment and in particular conserving habitats in their own
Hillfields Community Project
Officer, Jenny Sansom added:
"This scheme gives
city-dwellers the chance to get out and enjoy the countryside,
experiencing nature and learning valuable skills for free."
For further information on the
Trust's future tasks in the region, or to book a place in advance,
volunteers should contact Sophie Lloyd, Reserves Team Manager on 024
7630 8979, or Hillfields Community Project Officer, Jenny Sansom, who
also runs tasks in Hillfields, through the Patchwork Project, on 024
project is funded through the European Development Fund and Department
of Environment Transport and the Regions.