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December 2016

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

News from the RSPB's Weald reserves

News from the RSPB's Weald reserves

Here's all the latest news from the RSPB Weald Reserves... from Karen, RSPB volunteer intern

We came second!! In a national volunteer survey, our volunteers scored us second in the whole of the UK as a team to volunteer with - thank you! We hope to continue supporting you so please talk to us about anything you think we should improve on.

The eagle-eyed among you might have spotted the odd volunteer intern about on the reserves recently, working with RSPB to gain experience and skills while doing our bit to give nature a home. There are four of us; Karen and Adele can be found mostly on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Graham and James are scheduled in on Wednesdays and Thursdays, though we do chop and change occasionally. We are all signed up for a six month internship which began in early October and we will be helping Matt and Nick out with habitat management tasks through the winter months, as well as doing our own projects focusing on a particular habitat or species which we can support in some imaginative way. We all love chatting with the other volunteers and public, so please don't hesitate to ask us what we're doing or give us helpful advice.

Bird sightings over the past few weeks include flocks of crossbills, lesser redpoll and siskin. Dartford warblers have also been heard and seen at Broadwater Warren and Tudeley Woods.

Broadwater Warren

An owl box has been erected on the edge of a wood at Broadwater Warren, facing the heath. We are hoping to spot occupants soon. Dead hedges erected around some of the viewpoints are looking great. These hedges encourage people and dogs to keep to the paths and viewpoints; protecting the heath and ponds from disturbance.

Tudeley Woods

This month has been relatively quiet at Tudeley Woods, with ride work in the woodland and pine pulling on the heath keeping the site in good condition. It is important to take out the trees and scrub which grows up amongst the heather to ensure that the heath is kept open and low in nutrients. By burning the material and using it to cook jacket potatoes, beans and sausages we were able to ensure our volunteers were well fed on our end of year Christmas work party.

Events

Walk with a warden (free) - Broadwater Warren on 5th January 10:30- 12:30
Just turn up for a casual walk around the reserve to look for wildlife and reflect on our achievements over the last year. It's a great chance to ask any questions about our work here and learn more about the wildlife we are helping to give a home.

Volunteering Opportunities

Broadwater Warren - Volunteer Warden
We are looking for volunteers to be our eyes and ears at RSPB Broadwater Warren nature reserve. You'd be our front-line support, making sure the reserve is visitor friendly and a safe place for people and wildlife. You will play a vital role in site maintenance and as an ambassador for the RSPB.

For more information or if you are interested in any of the work parties or events, please contact broadwater.warren@rspb.org.uk or the Wealden office on 01892 752431.