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.
KINGSTON LACY : Gardening, mulching, countryside tasks
CORFE CASTLE : Hedge laying, coppicing and restoring heath land as part of the Egdon Project
STUDLAND : Tree planting and sand dune development to prevent coastal erosion and dry stonewalling
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.
GOLDEN CAP : Scrub Clearance, Pond Restoration, Dry stone walling
STOURHEAD: Gate replacement, building Kissing gates, coppicing, cutting steps in hillside, hedge laying, fencing
Check out the events page for a list of current workparties.