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Women's Rugby Union tackles conservation

Last modified: 16 December 2010

Farnham Heath RSPB reserve, Tilford Woods

Image: Andy Hay

Staff from the national governing body for women and girls rugby in England spent the day volunteering at the nature reserve.

They helped with essential work that is carried out to maintain the heathland including removing invasive species that compete with the emerging heather plants.

Mike Coates, RSPB site manager, said: 'This is a great day out for companies looking to do some team building and give their staff opportunities to learn new skills. They are also making a practical contribution to the work of the RSPB and conservation.'

We rely on voluntary support to fund its work to protect wild birds and the environment. Team challenges are a great way for companies to makes a direct impact on the work of the reserves.

Julia Hutton, from the Women’s RFU, said: 'We like to donate at least a day or two to doing charitable work every year. These physical challenges are great to do as a group and as a lot of our staff are based remotely and it’s a great way to bring the organisation together to team build.'

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Team challenge activities differ depending on the site but include clearing ponds for natterjack toads; removing scrub to restore heathland to attract breeding nightjars; opening up woodland glades for butterflies and nightingales; building pond dipping platforms for school children.

Companies taking part in our team challenges on reserves are provided with full supervision and all the tools needed to complete the tasks.

If anyone would like more information about taking part in a team challenge they can contact Jonathan Cook at jonathan.cook@rspb.org.uk or call 01273 763629.

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