Wildlife in Cheshire



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Earthworm Watch. A quick (under an hour) survey involving digging two small holes in your garden/schoolgrounds/other space and logging the worms seen. Survey is best done in Spring or Autumn, when worms are most active. See http://earthwormwatch.org


Conservation Volunteering with Saltscape
Help on regular practical workdays on local nature reserves doing practical tasks such as hedge laying, coppicing, reed bed cutting, scrub bashing and invasive species removal to name just a few examples! You can volunteer as an individual or as a small group and are welcome to join every workday, or come along once a month, once a year or once every so often.
If you like the sound of getting outdoors, learning practical skills and helping to protect the local landscape please get in touch with Sarah for more information at sarah.perry[at]groundwork.org.uk 01606 723 160 or see Saltscape website.

Otter Surveying. Sara Blackburn of the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildilfe Trust's 'Otterly Amazing' project will lead a classroom and field-based training day for Saltscape, Sun 10th Sept 2017, 10am – 3pm, aimed at beginners, volunteers and members of the public who would like to learn how to identify signs of otters in the field. There will be a focus on urban otters and the use of camera traps to capture footage.
The training will include information on how to carry out a basic survey and report any findings to Cheshire's rECOrd centre. No previous experience is necessary but some experience of wildlife ecology and recording will enable you to get the most of the day. 
The morning will be spent in the classroom at the Weaver Hall Museum followed by a field trip in the afternoon within walking distance of the Museum. 
The field trip will include uneven ground and some work along the river, so suitable clothing and wellington boots or sturdy footwear is advised. 
This event is limited to 20 places. Free.
Booking on Eventbrite.



The Mammal Society's 5th Student Conference. Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Staffordshire. Organised by a committee of students, the Student Conference enables students at all stages of study to meet each other, talk about and present their work, hear the latest student led mammal research, network with leading mammal experts, and gain skills in practical skills workshops. From £25, 8th April 2016. See EnvironmentJob website.

Giant Hogweed

I've come across a thorough paper on Giant Hogweed, from Countryside Management Publications, including identification, dangers and removal - by both chemical and physical means. It came up in a search and I don't know the URL, so I've filed it here. I trust it will serve your purposes, but as I didn't write it can't vouch for any mishaps using it.


The Natural Futures Project is a £1Million HLF Bid to support Environmental Volunteering in Cheshire: that's including Tameside, Halton, Northwich, Hatch Mere near Frodsham, Mirlees Field, Stockport and Wirral.

All are areas the Cheshire Wildlife Trust has not been active in in the past, and they're looking to reach new community groups and local people, giving them the opportunity to connect with the natural environment and their local heritage and looking to create opportunities for learning and training.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust will be using local nature reserves, including Marbury, Pumphouse, Poors, Owley and Rudheath clustered around Northwich and Hatch Mere near Frodsham, to create lots of new environmental volunteering opportunities. This could be anything from practical conservation activities on the site and the chance to learn these skills, to volunteer-led activities such as nature walks, or wildlife gardening - anything which allows people to get outside, meet people, exercise, relax and connect with the natural environment and their local heritage.

The project is open to anyone, however they're also keen to provide opportunities to people from groups who the Cheshire Wildlife Trust has not traditionally been able to reach. They would like to create some volunteering opportunities, which provide particular benefits for young people, especially those not in education, employment or training, people from black and minority ethnic communities, people with caring responsibilities and people living with health or mental health problems.

As part of the project they'd also love to chat to potential volunteers and groups who are interested and really pin-point what sorts of opportunities people would like to see as part of the project and what they might hope to get out of an environmental volunteering scheme - so they'd be looking to make sure they set up a scheme which provided real benefits with local young people in mind.

They're also particularly interested in hearing from volunteers and groups leaders who might like to receive training through the project to be able to lead volunteering activities independently.
This could include:
-being trained up lead Health walks
-being trained up to promote and do Wildlife Gardening
-being supported to do Practical Conservation activities (clearing paths, removing invasive species)
-becoming Tool-shed caretakers (and helping with the on-going management of the site)
-being supported to run fundraising events
-being trained up to run Children’s nature clubs
-being supported to be part of interpretation and ‘get involved’ activities on the site (ie: heritage walks, history days etc)
-being trained up to do Wildlife Surveying

Get in touch with May Molteno or Jane Whitaker at jwhitaker[at]cheshirewt.org.uk or mmolteno[at]cheshirewt.org.uk and mobiles Jane: 07778 677038 May: 07949 305613.

Volunteering with Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Lots of opportunities - check their website, www.cheshirewt.org.uk/volunteering

CWT Poors Wood Team, 3rd Sunday of every month
Poors Wood Nature Reserve, Near Northwich, CW9 8UH (between Kingsmead and the Blue Bridge)
Approximately - 10.30 am until 4.00pm (maximum - including travel)
Helping to make improvements to a nature reserve by making paths, planting wild flowers and many other practical conservation tasks.
Please wear wellies / boots or other suitable outdoor footwear. Weather-proof clothing is recommended even if the day starts off dry. All tools will be provided plus full training in how to use them safely. You will also need a packed lunch and drinks.
Contact: Kevin Feeney –kfeeney[at]cheshirewt.org.uk or 01948 820728

Conservation Task Groups
We have a number of practical conservation task groups taking place across the region, click here to find more.
Do you have some experience in managing events?
We need help to organise more events throughout the region. Let us know if you can give some time and experience to help us engage more people in nature.
If you have a passion for Wildlife and want our reserves to thrive this could be for you.
We are recruiting a number of reserve watchers to work at their local sites helping to monitor the reserves. The commitment would be a minimum of once a month to walk around the reserve and let us know anything of interest you find. If you live near one of our reserves, visit one regularly or would just like to get involved then book on to our information and training event on Monday 26th October, volunteering@cheshirewt.org.uk 01948820728.
Any other skills to offer?
We are always on the look out for keen people to get involved in helping in the office or at events. If the practical side is not for you we still have plenty of opportunities. Please visit the website.

CWT Weekend Practical Work Parties

We have a variety of weekend conservation work parties that need your help! Just come along with a positive attitude and keen to learn our coordinators will support you with tools, equipment and training.
1st Sunday of the month in Northwich region
1st Sunday of the month at Cleaver Heath, Wirral
2nd Sunday of the month in South Manchester region
2nd Sunday of the month at New Ferry Butterfly Park, Wirral
3rd Saturday of the month in Delamere Forest
Soon to come... weekend group in Congleton/Macclesfield
Please email balvey[at]cheshirewt.org.uk if you would like to come along to one of these.

Arboriculture with wildflowers, at Marbury Tree Nursery. Cheshire Wildlife Trust has taken the plot over from Cheshire Landscape Trust, a plot of land opposite to Marbury Garden Centre (don’t block their access!). They’ll be growing native trees from local seeds, expanding a fruit orchard and planting wildflowers. Contact volunteering[at]cheshirewt.org.uk Ongoing.

Cycling at Delamere Forest

About TRACS (UK) Ltd, Delamere’s Official Bike Hire Company

Bike Hire

Tracs (U.K.) Ltd provides quality bike hire to enable you to explore Delamere Forest. Tracs hire out a range of both adult and children's Kona Mountain/Trail Bikes. We also have child seats, tow along buggies and tag along bikes to enable the family to enjoy a day’s bike ride In the Forest.

Cyde Coaching

Tracs (U.K.) Ltd also provide a cycle coaching service or led ride by a team of qualified cycle coaches and are used by schools and youth groups. They can also be booked for children's parties.

Bike Repair, Sale and Maintenance Courses

The Company have a well-equipped workshop and Cytech qualified mechanics and can provide an excellent service should your bicycle require maintaining. The company has a small but well stocked shop for parts, lights and accessories. They provide a range of cycle maintenance courses and will accommodate groups or coach on a 'one to one basis'.

TRACS Nightride

If you are a keen rider why not attend our Thursday night ride which starts at 6.30 p.m. In summer there are two levels - fast and steady.

For more details of their products and services visit their website www.delamerebikes.co.uk. Email – info[at]tracs-uk.co.uk or phone 01606 881802

Download a colourful 2012 pdf brochure here

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