About us

BNTV help out at a number of different properties in the Wessex area. Some of these are listed below, to give a small idea about what we do and where. Work parties mean different things at different times of the year – Winter is when most of our practical conservation tasks take place, though we now have at least two work parties each month throughout the summer, but also there are events such as at the outdoor plays at Corfe Castle, which means helping out at stewarding if you like the social aspect.

A Task Leader is appointed for each work party and he/she will liaise with the Ranger about the task. People wishing to attend should notify the Task Leader at least 3 days before the event to ensure adequate tools and gloves will be available. The Task Leader will also arrange any lifts required. We usually meet at 10 am.  A packed lunch is required with plenty of fluids (non alcoholic), especially in summer. Wellington boots or good protective foot wear is advisable and a good supply of suntan lotion if the weather is so inclined 🙂   Old clothes are essential because we often have bonfires (good for cooking baked potatoes or marshmallows), and wind/waterproofs as necessary.

TYPICAL WORKPARTIES
KINGSTON LACY : Gardening, mulching, clearing undergrowth, countryside tasks
CORFE CASTLE : Putting up gates and fencing, dragonfly surveys, building boardwalks, tree planting
STUDLAND :  Board walk renovation, clearing vegetation from the tank traps and stream banks
BROWNSEA : Clearance of rhododendrons to return the island to its original habitat for the protection of the wildlife, especially the red squirrel.   Construction of a woodland walk.
STOURHEAD: Gate replacement, building Kissing gates, coppicing, cutting steps in hillside, hedge laying, fencing, stream clearance, log splitting

Check out the events page for a list of current workparties.