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September 2016

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Help children in Liverpool discover the wonder of nature

Help children in Liverpool discover the wonder of nature

RSPB seeks volunteers to help with schools nature project

The RSPB is calling on nature lovers to help inspire children about wildlife as part of an ambitious schools nature project in Liverpool.

Funded by the sale of single use plastic carrier bags by ALDI, the RSPB's Connecting Children with Nature project enables children in 15 cities across the UK to experience and explore nature first-hand by running sessions in their school grounds.

In the first few months of the project in Liverpool, the RSPB has already helped to introduce 600 local primary school children to the delights of the natural world and is planning on inspiring many more young minds in the coming year.

To achieve this, the RSPB needs to expand its existing team of excellent schools outreach volunteers in Liverpool.

Stephanie Hepworth, Schools Outreach Officer for Liverpool, explains: "We are looking for people with a passion for nature who can take children aged 5-12 outdoors and show them the brilliant birds, bugs and flowers that thrive outside their classroom window.

"We believe that connecting with nature should be a part of every child's life. There's loads of scientific evidence, which shows that getting outdoors and engaging with nature can have a wide range of benefits for children including improved physical and mental health, and even increased academic performance. It's also great fun and can lead to a lifelong love and appreciation for everything that chirps, snuffles, buzzes and flutters.

"If you think you've got the skills to communicate your love of nature to children and can inspire them to cherish wildlife, then we'd love to hear from you."

People interested in volunteering for the Connecting with Nature project in Liverpool should contact Stephanie Hepworth on 07841804793 or at stephanie.hepworth@rspb.org.uk.

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Monday, 5 September 2016

RSPB nature reserve gets a facelift at 30

RSPB nature reserve gets a facelift at 30

but parts of the land managed by the wildlife conservation charity have now entered their fourth decade as a nature reserve and have just undergone some home improvements.

The origins of the reserve date back to 1986 when the RSPB bought the flooded crop fields of Inner Marsh Farm in Burton. Five years of planning and hard work saw three freshwater lagoons created and then a hide was built in 1992, to bring the public closer to the great variety of birds that call the Dee estuary home. However, after years of natural change, the wetland had silted up in places and now major improvement work has provided a much needed rejuvenation of the old pools.

Colin Wells, Site Manager at RSPB Dee Estuary nature reserve said: "I'd not long moved to this reserve when the RSPB bought Inner Marsh Farm. I was responsible for creating the wetland which is now home to internationally important numbers of ducks, geese and wading birds, along with a whole host of other wonderful wildlife."

In recent years however, despite regular ongoing management through mowing and sheep grazing, time had taken its toll and the pools were silting up, with rushes and reeds starting to dominate the water. This meant they were less suitable for the birds which were becoming further away from the hide, making it more difficult for visitors to view them. The RSPB decided more drastic work was needed, so set about a project to dredge the pools and remove the layers of silt and vegetation that had established over the years.
Colin added: "Before the diggers had even finished the work, there were various wading birds taking advantage of the newly exposed mud to find food. This bodes well for the weeks ahead as the reserve is a vital rest stop for wading birds on autumn migration from other parts of Europe."
This desilting work is the first part of a series of improvements to the Inner Marsh Farm area of the RSPB reserve; the site team are hoping to change from sheep grazing to cattle later this year, with a view to tackling the tough rushes and restoring the area to a rich wet grassland. This along with the installation of an electric predator exclusion fence will make it ideal for nesting wading birds.
In addition, the RSPB are currently embarking on a project to fund the replacement of the aging hide, and upgrade the accessibility of the path, bringing the whole site up to the high standard of Burton Mere Wetlands.
For more information on the important work carried out at the reserve as well as upcoming events, visit www.rspb.org.uk/deeestuary

For further information and to arrange an interview, please contact:
Daniel Trotman, RSPB Visitor Experience Manager, on 07718 699014 or email daniel.trotman@rspb.org.uk