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Volunteering coming up…

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our conservation tasks, if yourself or a group would like to become involved with any of the activities below, plase do get in contact:

Tues 11th Feb – Hedge & woodland management – Maes y Grug, Alltami – 10 (please bring lunch and warm clothes)
Tues 18th Feb – Scrub clearance – Knowle Hill, Buckley – 10, meeting at the Glynne Arms car park
Thurs 20th Feb – Hedge & woodland management – Stryt Las, Rhosllanerchrugog – 10 (please bring lunch and warm clothes)
Sat 22nd Feb – Barn owl pellet dissection workshop – Rhydymwyn – 10 – 3 (please bring lunch)
Thurs 6th Mar – Hedge & woodland management – Stryt Las, Rhosllanerchrugog – 10 (please bring lunch and warm clothes)
Tues 1st April – Hedge improvement – Knowle Hill, Buckley – 10 – 2 (please bring lunch and warm clothes)
Tues 15th April – Litter pick – Knowle Hill, Buckley – 10 – 2 (please bring warm clothes and wellies)

Volunteering at Rhydymwyn will take place with Kate Wilson: KWilson@newwildlife.org.uk
Volunteering at Knowle Hill will take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month with Lucie Bernardova: lbernardova@newwildlife.org.uk
Please contact us if you would like more information, or would like to come along.

Dead hedging at Knowle Hill, Buckley
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Harvest mouse nest search

As part of the Mammals in a Sustainable Environment project, we will be conducting a harvest mouse nest search at Rhydymwyn, near Mold on Friday 31st January.

We have very few records of harvest mice in Wales, but a nest was found here in 2008, so we are keen to establish whether the species is still present in the area. The nest survey will involve searching by hand through rough grasses and reedbeds, so please bring strong gloves, suitable outdoor clothing and boots or wellingtons. Please bring your own packed lunch and refreshments.

We will meet at 10am at North East Wales Wildlife, 17 Nant Alyn Road, Rhydymwyn, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 5HQ.

If you would like to attend, please contact Ceri.Morris@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

Christmas Wreath Workshop- Sunday November 24th

Join NEWW and Specialist Florist Jill Duerden to learn how to create a professional looking Christmas wreath for the front door out of natural materials. This day is also suitable for children.
Venue: NEWWildlife, 17 Nant Alyn Road , Rhydymwyn, Mold, CH7 5HQ
Cost : £20 per person or £10 for volunteers
Please contact RJones@newwildlife.org.uk, or ring the office on 01352 742115 to book a place

Otter Project

We have been trying to follow the progress of the otters living around Rhydymwyn, with help from Kim, a student from Northop College. Thus study has been looking for tracks, spraints, and pictures from our stealth cameras that we have set up. We can happily say there has been a lot of activity in the form of footprints, spraints, and gorgeous pictures, and we are starting to build up a picture of their habits and movements.

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NEWWildlife Blog

Our NEWWildlife Blog is still in full swing and brimming with posts. Why not take a look and read all about our recent Indigo course, a Yoga walk and ‘The State of Nature’ through the descriptive powers of Sarah Lewis.

http://newwildlife.wordpress.com/

Up-Cycled Clothing Workshop

Where: Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve
When: 10am until 4pm 2nd March
How Much: £20pp

Make yourself a “waste coat” using a jumper or cardigan that has outlived its use or use a charity shop find. You will gain the confidence to cut up and re-sew your jumper into a one-off, individually designed garment.

Booking is essential. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, but you will need to provide your own lunch.

For more information, or to book your place, please contact Rachel Bailey on 01352 742115 or email cweo@newwildlife.org.uk

Free traditional skills course

There are still some places left on our coming back to run a second traditional skills weekend on the 9th and 10th of February run by Outback2Basics. We’ve been promised more exciting activities such as bark containers and whittling woodland cutlery!
This event is free of charge.
For more details and to book a place, visit: http://www.newwildlife.org.uk/event/traditional-skills-whittlling-weekend/

Helping garden birds this winter

We have seen lots of birds on our feeders at Rhydymwyn lately, due to the cold weather, here are our tips for helping birds survive the winter:

  • Fat balls are brilliant at this time of year as they provide instant energy, as well as peanuts and meal worms.
  • With fat balls / peanuts it is ALWAYS best remove the mesh bags that they come in to avoid any birds / mammals from eating the plastic or becoming caught in the mesh with their feet or beaks
  • Putting out enough food for just a day or two at a time can prevent it from freezing or going soggy and mouldy
  • Having fresh water is also crucial for them, a saucer with warm water near to the food could be a life saver
  • Its never too late to put up a bird box, many birds will use them to roost in over night
  • Wash your hands after handling feeders
  • ENJOY watching what comes into your garden!

Hedgehogs galore

Well,  kind of.  After years of examining droppings we have finally met our resident hedgehog.  After setting up cameras there was more exciting news as Mum has 2 hoglets of about 4 weeks old.

Another first!

Just at look at what we found today – a bee orchid, which is another new species for the site.

 

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