We're caring for Shropshire's living landscape;here are our stories
On Saturday the 17th of September 2016 the Meres & Moss project, ran their annual fund raising event at The Mere in Ellesmere, called Merefest. This was the first time I had been to it and it was a great way to get people of all ages and abilities interested and involved with wildlife. From having a go at campfire cooking to looking at invertebrates under a microscope and pond dipping.
There was also an array of local musicians and entertainers who performed on the stage as well as authors at the literary tent. At the event there were lots of different zones from the wildness zone to bushcraft to the twilight zone which was open from 5pm. This is a great occasion for the whole family as there is really something for everyone.
Over the last two months I have experience working with the work parties on two local reserves – the Old River Bed and Burnsides Garden. This was great because I learned how to coppice and had a go at planting wild flower seeds. If your interested in getting involved with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, I would recommend joining work parties for two reasons. One you can be part of conservation action and two you can meet other likeminded individuals and develop new social networks.
Then at the beginning of October the Shropshire Wildlife Trust hosted a forging walk at Doctors field and tour around Charles Darwin childhood garden.
I was also asked to be a part of a steering group for a project called, ‘Growing Confidence’, which gives 11 -25 years old a chance to get involved in conservation projects to make new friends and learn new skills and gain awards.
Recently I have begun volunteering with a charity, called, ‘ Caring For God’s Acre’, which involves conserving church yards and burial ground. By cutting back saplings from the old part of Longden burial ground will allow more wild flowers to thrive as they will no longer be overshadowed. While working on the site I observed an Orange ladybird, which had white spots on a tree and a millipede.