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Barnsley Biodiversity Trust looks for more volunteers

By Mike Cotton, Town Reporter Friday 8th August 2014

AFTER a successful lottery-funded first year the Barnsley Biodiversity Trust is looking for more volunteers to help local schools.

The trust has been working with almost 30 schools over the past year and more are planning to join in over the coming months. The trust wants volunteers to help schools improve their school grounds for wildlife and help children learn about their natural environment.

Colin Graham, project leader said: "Working with children is vitally important for the future care of our wonderful environment in Barnsley.
"Barnsley is endowed with more varied habitats than most authorities. I can't think any other local authority that can boast that bitterns and avocets breed in the lowlands and golden plover, dunlin and mountain hares breed in the uplands.

"Children need to learn how to protect beautiful Barnsley and we need more volunteers to help us deliver our project."

Volunteers can help team leaders to survey school grounds, identifying existing and potential habitats and record them on reference maps.

Volunteers who are interested in the more practical side are also needed to put up nest boxes, insect hotels, construct bird, bat, hedgehog and bee boxes.

A volunteer day will be held on Saturday September 6, at Highstone Farm (S70 6NN) near Locke Park from 10.30am until 2.30pm. Refreshments will be provided call 791020 or email: so numbers can be catered for.

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