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Join Earth Trust’s Head of Land Management Chris Parker for a guided tour of the River of Life wetland and discover what’s been achieved four years after work started.
In 2013 Earth Trust embarked on an ambitious project to re-wild 2.5km of Thames riverbank. This new habitat – including backwaters, ponds, reedbeds, grassland, woodland and fen – aimed to benefit a wide range of wetland and woodland species and links directly to an existing international Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Little Wittenham Wood, which has an important population of great crested newts. But the benefits aren’t limited to conservation – a wonderful new greenspace is available to local people, and the features created will contribute to alleviating local flooding.
Paul St. Pierre of the Environment Agency will talk about work done to restore chalkland rivers, with particular reference to the Kennet and Lambourn valleys. Chalk streams are a unique and rare habitat, typified by crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife. Southern England has the highest concentration of these rivers in the world. However, in recent decades they have deteriorated due to man’s involvement and climate change. Hear how we are restoring these natural wonders back to their full glory! Tickets £6.00 (including wine & nibbles) from Blewbury Post Office, or on the door if not sold out. Profits will be donated to Water Aid.
Please come along and join in on some habitat management on three nature reserve wetland meadows next to Farmoor reservoir. Tasks include coppicing willow and alder scrub raking and clearing vegetation. No experience necessary! bring wellies and lunch and join our outdoor green gym. fantastic opportunity to get out and about and create wonderful wetland habitats.
Calling all education professionals, are you wanting to take learning outside the classroom and connect your students to nature?
If yes, sign up to Teach Earth 2018. Attend a two day immersive weekend in Oxfordshire or mid-Wales this Spring/Summer 2018 exploring outdoor learning, citizen science and the Sustainable Development Goals and learn how to link these into the national curriculum. Places are available now for £50 per person including accommodation, food, materials and training. Check out our webpage for more details: http://eu.earthwatch.org/education/teach-earth