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Volunteers for nature needed around Morecambe Bay

Last modified: 14 October 2013

Pearl-bordered fritillary

Wildflowers will hopefully increase the nectar supply for a variety of insects, including pearl-bordered fritillaries.

Image: Butterfly Conservation

As the trees, plants and flowers around Morecambe Bay lie dormant for the winter months, so do the butterflies, bees and other insect life that depend on them for food.

However, as nature takes a well-earned rest, volunteers are needed to get active in the countryside to help make it a better place for its wildlife to live.

Over the course of the winter, these volunteers will take part in a variety of interesting practical activities, restoring places for wildlife in woodlands, wetlands and grasslands across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The volunteers will be helping to create the right conditions for some of the UK’s most precious butterflies such as the Duke of Burgundy, as well as beautiful wildflowers including bog rosemary, rock rose and the wonderfully named bird’s-foot-trefoil.

Work will be carried out at some of the area’s most beautiful and tranquil locations including Eaves Wood near Silverdale and Savinhill Moss in the Lyth Valley.

The programme is being run by the RSPB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, National Trust and Butterfly Conservation as part of the Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area project.

This exciting new volunteer programme kicks off on Thursday 24 October at Cumbria Wildlife Trust-run reserve Park Wood in Hutton Roof village. The day will involve clearing bracken and then sowing wildflowers in the cleared areas. This will increase the supply of nectar for a variety of insects including pearl bordered fritillaries, which have declined in recent years.  

Tania Crockett, Community Engagement Officer for the Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area, says: “We will be providing a fun, relaxed and safe environment for people to try out this type of volunteering and no previous experience is required. This will be a great opportunity for people to work alongside knowledgeable and experienced volunteers, and learn a lot about the area and the wildlife that lives here.

“We will be running drop-in work parties at least once a week throughout the winter on both weekdays and at weekends so we can accommodate people who work and have family commitments.

“Volunteering for this project will be a great way to get fit and enjoy the local countryside, while making an important contribution to helping struggling wildlife.” 

Volunteers for the first event at Park Wood on 24 October should meet on the road at the southern end of Hutton Roof village at 10am. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the outdoors and bring a packed lunch if planning to stay for the whole day.

For further information about this event and further events within the programme, please contact Adrienne King: 07753 775968 or email adrienne.king@rspb.org.uk

Alternatively visit: www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk

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