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Chance to volunteer and learn new skills at RSPB Geltsdale

Last modified: 18 October 2013

Cattle grazing RSPB Geltsdale nature reserve

Image: Andy Hay

Volunteers are invited to learn new skills and help to create a home for nature at RSPB Geltsdale this month – by taking part in a national volunteering event.

To celebrate CSV’s Make a Difference Day, which encourages people to across the UK to find out more about volunteering, a conservation work party will be held at the Cumbrian site on Saturday 26 October.

Keen volunteers will work alongside the reserve’s Assistant Farmland Warden, Belinda Lloyd, to learn skills which will help to improve this vital home for birds, small mammals and insects.

Belinda said: “Conservation volunteers provide an invaluable role in creating and maintaining homes for wildlife across the reserve. Our volunteer sessions also provide opportunities for people to meet like-minded individuals and support local wildlife.

“No experience is necessary, just lots of enthusiasm. We hope many conservation volunteers will come along and make the event a success.”

To take part in the event, which will run from 11am to 2pm, please meet in the reserve car park NY588586 at Hallbankgate, Brampton.

Volunteers are advised to wear strong waterproof clothing and boots and bring a packed lunch. Tools, gloves and hot drinks will be provided by the RSPB.

Now in its 18th year, Make a Difference is CSV’s annual campaign and this year is set to be bigger than ever before. For the first time, it will take place during the whole month of October, allowing people more time to get involved. This year’s theme is Get Inspired, with the aim to inspire two million people to find out about local volunteering opportunities in their community and the ways in which to sign up and get going.

If you would like to join RSPB Geltsdale on Saturday 26 October, book your place to “Make a Difference” by phoning 01697 746717 or emailing

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